Board of Trustees meeting

Guggenheim to receive 11 new works by Katz worth 1.7m dollars


The Board of Trustees at Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum has approved the budget and artistic programme for 2012. The decision regarding Helsinki has been postponed to the first quarter of 2012.

  • 'Ada Smiles' (1994) by Alex Katz. Photo: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

    'Ada Smiles' (1994) by Alex Katz. Photo: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao


The Bilbao Guggenheim Museum has acquired eleven new paintings for its personal collection by US artist Alex Katz from an anthology entitled ‘Smiles’, created between 1993 and 1994. According to a statement released by the gallery, the purchase cost the museum 1.7 million dollars (1.2 million euros).

The latest purchase by the Bilbao Guggenheim will see this collection by Katz joining other creations by North American artists which already form part of the museum’s Personal Collection, such as works by Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist.

On Tuesday, the Guggenheim Museum’s Board of Trustees held its second twice annual meeting for 2011. During the meeting, the Board approved the proposed budget for 2012, which will be slightly less than that of 2011 due to the current economic situation and a need to make cutbacks.

The Board and the Guggenheim’s Executive Committee were also informed of the latest progress with regards to the viability of opening a museum in Helsinki. The results of a report will be publicly revealed at the beginning of 2012 in the Finnish capital. Meanwhile, the Executive Committee has put off making a decision with regard to the project to the first quarter of 2012.

2012 Programme

The Guggenheim Bilbao’s 2012 programme includes an exhibition entitled: ‘The inverted mirror: Art from the Collections of the La Caixa Foundation and the MACBA’; 'David Hockney' (200 works inspired by landscapes, mostly large format and painted in the last few years); 'Cristina Rodero: Between Heaven and Earth’; ‘Egon Schiele’ (an exhibit of almost a hundred works in a comprehensive approach to the art of the great Austrian expressionist); an exhibition dedicated to works from the 1960s and 70s by Claes Oldenburg (one of the most influential figures on the art world since the 1950s) and the third exhibition from the Guggenheim’s Personal Collection, which this time will focus on the artistic debate of the 1980s and 90s.





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