Bilbao – Guggenheim museum and off to LaGuardia

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text tooltip_color=”color1″ tooltip_text_color=”color3″]Bilbao- well, we did not see more than the Guggenheim actually, but that was our main goal. It was impressive and makes me wonder when I will ever get to see the original in New York…
The 2 exhibitions we loved the most were: Ragnar Kjartansson,The Visitors, and Richard Serra, The Matter of Time, 1994–2005:

Ragnar Kjartansson,The Visitors
The Film & Video gallery of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a permanent space dedicated to video art and the moving image.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao currently presents The Visitors (2012) by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. A nine-screen multi-channel video installation, The Visitors documents a musical performance staged at historic Rokeby Farm in upstate New York, where the artist has been a frequent visitor since 2007. Kjartansson assembled a group of friends to help him produce this work, including several musicians from his hometown of Reykjavik.

The piece takes its title from the final album released by the pop band ABBA. It features lyrics based on a poem written by Ásdís Sif Gunnarsdóttir and musical arrangements by the artist and Davíð Þór Jónsson. Each musician was recorded individually, so that every screen except one in the video installation shows a different participant in a separate setting in the farmhouse or on the grounds. When all of these single takes are combined, the performance emerges and they make sense as a whole.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text tooltip_color=”color1″ tooltip_text_color=”color3″]Richard Serra, The Matter of Time

The Matter of Time allows the viewer to perceive the evolution of the artist’s sculptural forms, from the relative simplicity of a double ellipse to the complexity of a spiral. The last two pieces of this sculpture are created from sections of toruses and spheres that produce different effects on the movement and perception of the viewer. These are unexpectedly transformed as the visitor walks through and around them, creating an unforgettable, dizzying feeling of space in motion. The entire room is part of the sculptural field. As he has done in other sculptures composed of many pieces, the artist has arranged the works deliberately in order to move the viewer through them and through the space surrounding them. The layout of the works along the gallery creates corridors with different, always unexpected proportions (wide, narrow, long, compressed, high, low). The installation also includes a progression in time. On the one hand, there is the chronological time that it takes to walk through and observe it from beginning to end. On the other, there is the time during which the viewer experiences the fragments of visual and physical memory, which are combined and re-experienced.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text tooltip_color=”color1″ tooltip_text_color=”color3″]


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