JANUARY 29 – AUGUST 29, 2021
Adolfo Guiard
On the Terrace (En la terraza) - detail - 1886
Oil on canvas - 110 x 470 cm
Colección Sociedad Bilbaina

At the end of the 19th century, Bilbao became one of the most prosperous cities in Spain, thanks to its naval, iron and steel industries as well as its commercial, banking, and cultural activities. During that period of time, the citizens of Bilbao were driven by an earnest wish to succeed and steadily advance towards a better future for all, a generous empathy that took an end with the Civil War in 1936.

With Bilbao and Painting, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents a selection of paintings created by artists working in Bilbao in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, who traveled to Paris and incorporated the ideas of modernism from French Impressionism and the Avant-gardes. The exhibition represents and conceptualizes different moments in the history of Bilbao through large-scale paintings that portray very diverse scenes, such as the boats and terraces on the river, the everyday life of the commercial bourgeoisie and that of the village folk; popular festivities, the daily tasks in a fishing port and the heroes of new (imported) sports.