Celebrate International Museum Day with The Guggenheim!

International Museum Day

Jon Kortajarena, Itziar Ituño, and Ernesto Valverde are all celebrating International Museum Day with their favourite pieces from the Collection of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Tara reports.

May 18 marks International Museum Day, and due to the present circumstances that make it impossible to celebrate Museum Day as we would have done in previous years, the Guggenheim Museum will opening virtually to the public in a different way thanks to the personal involvement of three successful non-museum professionals from different fields who will be sharing their views!

Installation for Bilbao is a piece made up of nine LED columns created by artist Jenny Holzer in 1997 specifically for gallery 101, by the Museum Atrium, was the artwork selected by actress Itziar Ituño.

Known for her roles in productions such as Loreak or Money Heist (La casa de papel), Ituño explains why she chose Installation for Bilbao: “the first time I saw it, it made me think of the rain, a rain of words and phrases rising from the floor and drenching me”.

Actor and international model Jon Kortajarena, a regular visitor to the Museum, reveals why he chose Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Man from Naples (1982). In his own words: “It’s a painting full of ironic messages that remind me of New York City in the 1980s.”

A Museum Member for quite a few years, former soccer player and coach Ernesto Valverde accepted this challenge and highlighted the works of painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer on permanent view at the Museum, such as The Renowned Orders of the Night (1997). “This is something we have all felt, especially on a clear summer night beneath the sky full of stars.”