101. Building a Public Heritage

From: Thursday, 17 February 2022

To: Sunday, 24 April 2022

101 is the number of pieces that were added by 2021 to the Artium Museum Collection in the form of a commodate by the Basque Government.

Most of them are works from the Gure Artea Awards between 1982 and 1995. A total of 96 prizes were awarded in the editions held between these years, divided into disciplines – painting and sculpture in their first edition, to which were added engraving from their second edition and photography from 1989 onwards. These works were included in exhibitions aimed at local audiences, outlining the ways of doing of a time and later being incorporated into the collections of the Basque government.

The Gure Artea Awards will celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2022. During their journey to their current triple recognition format – to an artist, to management and to a career – these awards have been the subject of diverse negotiations, but they have undoubtedly served to create a unique space of visibility in which a variety of languages and proposals converge that reflect the ongoing discussions in the field of art in the Basque Country.

101 also implies a major step towards conserving and studying heritage as well as recent history. The large group of artists and works pertaining to this award, of which a first selection is now presented, reflects a committed period of time that eagerly sought definitions. A period during which cultural renewal and social demands coincided, as well as a political desire to understand artists as fundamental agents in building a new common imaginary.

101 underscores one of the main lines of work in the museum, which highlights its tasks of conserving, researching and disseminating contemporary public heritage. The addition of these 101 works into the exceptional heritage collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Basque Country, comprising almost 2,500 works of art, represents a further step in the mission of helping to study and reflect on the present.

Image: Untitled, 1985. Juan Luis Moraza

Brochure List of works

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