The Guggenheim in Bilbao is looking for a new director

The Guggenheim in Bilbao is looking for a new director
The Guggenheim in Bilbao is looking for a new director

The Guggenheim in Bilbao is looking for a new director

He Guggenheim museum of the Spanish city of Bilbao will open an international selection procedure within two weeks to designate a new general director, expected in mid-October next.

The current director, Juan Ignacio Vidarteannounced this Tuesday to the media that a company with extensive international experience in recruiting management personnel in the artistic and cultural sector will look for the person to replace him in the position.

It will be “open and transparent” and will begin on June 3, said Vidarte, who on Monday informed the museum’s board of trustees of the end of his term as director.

“I have been linked to the museum for half my life and it was also my responsibility to begin this transition process towards its new stage,” according to Vidarte, who will also participate in the procedure.

The director of the Guggenheim Museum in the Spanish city of Bilbao, Juan Ignacio Vidarte (EFE/Luis Tejido)

In his opinion, the Guggenheim needs “a generational change” and a change that provides “a different perspective, more appropriate to the times, fresher and more current.”

Vidarte was appointed director of the consortium in charge of launching the museum in 1992 and four years later he became its first and until now only general director.

The Guggenheim in Bilbado, an icon of the architectural avant-garde, celebrated its 25 years in 2022 with a commemorative exhibition on its own collection and the work of Canadian Frank Gehrym, who designed the building.

The exhibition “Sections/Intersections. 25 years of the Museum’s collection” is a “milestone”; For the first time, all spaces are dedicated to their own works, Vidarte highlighted in October of that year.

The building was designed by Frank Gehry

The museum then had 150 of its own works, which reached 175 if long-term loans are taken into account. Within the own collection, which covers the second half of the 20th century and the 21st century, 20% corresponds to women artists; the vast majority of authors are European and American.

On the occasion of the anniversary, Vidarte specified that this art center “is not a franchise,” but was created as a “specific and unique museum, which is part of the Guggenheim constellation.”

“We do not want to replicate the museums of New York or Venice, but rather to cover their gaps with unique and referential works; The collection has been created with those parameters,” he explained at that time.

Source: EFE

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