edonor denok inor ez. Institutionalisation Processes of Art Education in the Basque Country, 1978-1991

From: Friday, 02 February 2024

To: Sunday, 01 September 2024

Place: A2 Gallery

This exhibition is a continuation of the exhibition project entitled A Place to Think: Experimental Art Schools and Educational Practices in the Basque Country, 1957-1979, which was presented at the museum in 2022. While the scope of that exhibition ended in the 1970s with the birth of the Bilbao Higher School of Fine Arts, edonor denok inor ez deals with the period between 1978 and the beginning of the 1990s, focusing on the institutionalisation processes of art education in the Basque Country.

The show also emphasises the moment when the Bilbao Higher School of Fine Arts became a Faculty and was integrated into the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 1978. It also highlights the demands of students who were calling for a form of teaching that was less marked by academic models, as well as the demands of other Basque artists who requested more direct involvement, initially in the school and later in the faculty.

The UPV/EHU’s University Extension Courses, among the first in Spain, were also developed against this backdrop, including a theatre workshop led by Luis María Iturri, who converted his students into collaborators in the plays staged by the Akelarre company. The People’s University of Rekaldeberri originated from an initiative of the residents of the Errekalde neighbourhood of Bilbao, and it included artistic training from its first year.

Moving images became increasingly more important during this period, and training in this medium became fundamental, as demonstrated by the Video Information Week organised by Video Nou at the Culture Hall of Caja de Ahorros Municipal de Bilbao in 1979; the training programme of the Donostia Video Festival, developed between 1982 and 1984, and the birth of the Image and New Technologies Centre (CINT) in Vitoria-Gasteiz in 1988.

As its title suggests, this overview points to a seminar led by the artist Juan Luis Moraza, Cualquiera todos ninguno (Anybody Everybody Nobody), in Arteleku, in Donostia in 1991. Arteleku was an institution that opened its doors in 1987 and played a major role not only as a production centre, but also as a space for training in the form of courses and workshops given by artists and theoreticians. The activities that took place in Arteleku will be the focus of a third chapter in this series of exhibitions on educational practices in the context of the Basque Country.

Curators: Mikel Onandia, Sergio Rubira, Leire Vergara.

* [Image: Pedro Guasch, Anatomy Hall, School of Fine Arts, UPV/EHU, Sarriko, Bilbao, ca. 1980. Courtesy of the artist].

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