This exhibition is the second in a series scheduled to take place between 2009 and 2012 featuring works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilb ao collection. On this occasion\, the exhibition examines the artistic deba tes of the 1970s and 1980s initiated by a generation of European artists wh ose careers began in the 1960s and 1970s.


Over the decades\, the ar tistic vision of these artists—most of whom were born in an era of great po litical unrest—inspired a wide variety of contributions to contemporary art . Each of these creators reacted to the ideological\, economic\, social\, a nd political forces that shaped the course of events in that period. The re turn to a more personal style of reflection and to the appropriation of the past as a record of existence itself was expressed using various formal me ans and mediums. The solid materiality of Anselm Kiefer\, the gesturality o f Georg Baselitz\, the romanticism of Gerhard Richter\, and the installatio ns of Richard Long\, Christian Boltanski\, Francesc Torres\, and Jannis Kou nellis illustrate the complex creative and contemplative processes of this generation of artists.


Baselitz was one of the most prominent artis ts of the post–World War II era and one of the greatest inspirations for yo unger artists. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has recently acquired his serie s of 16 large-format canvases titled Mrs. Lenin and the Nightingale (2008)\, on view here for the first time. These paintings combine histori cal and autobiographical references with wordplay and enigmatic phrases rem iniscent of contemporary artists such as Frank Auerbach\, Jake and Dinos Ch apman\, Tracey Emin\, Lucien Freud\, Damien Hirst\, and Jeff Koons.

LOCATION:Guggenheim Museum Bilbao\,Avenida Abandoibarra\, 2 \n Bilbao \, B IZKAIA Spain SUMMARY:Selections from the Guggenheim Bilbao Collection II\, Frank Auerbac h\, Christian Boltanski\, Jake and Dinos Chapman\, Tracey Emin\, Lucien Fre ud\, Damien Hirst\, Jeff Koons\, Jannis Kounellis\, Richard Long\, Gerhard Richter\, Francesc Torres END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR