Pello Irazu: Panorama at The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, March 10 – June 25, 2017

“The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Pello Irazu: Panorama, which examines the thirty-year track record of one of the foremost renovators of contemporary Basque and Spanish sculpture. As the title suggests, more than the backward glance which any retrospective entails, this show is a multi-directional vision where time wrinkles and folds in space, offering a kind of panoramic landscape.

The exhibition, featuring over one hundred works, hinges on a conceptual and physical device invented by the artist himself that incorporates some of the most significant milestones and masterpieces of his career. The aim is to create a kind of simultaneous perspective where past and future are reunited and refreshed in a continuous present. In the Museum, the walls of Gallery 105 help create an enveloping atmosphere that draws viewers to experience the work, making them part of it and inviting them to reflect on the language of sculpture.” — The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao


Pello Irazu. The Land that Sleeps (La tierra que duerme), 1986. Steel and oil paint, 66 x 120 x 39 cm. Soledad Lorenzo Collection. Temporary loan to the MNCARS © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Happy (Feliz), 1988. Steel structure and oil paint, 22 x 22 x 14 cm. Private collection, Barcelona © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. L-1, 1989. Oil on paper, 240 x 165 cm. Carreras Múgica © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. The Good Teacher (On the table being itself a piece of wood), 1993. Plywood, silkscreen, and vinyl paint, 174 x 80.5 x 80.5 cm. Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017. The Bride (You will be whatever you want), 1993. Plywood, silkscreen, and vinyl paint, 173 x 76 x 80.5 cm. Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Room Under, 1995. Plywood, vinyl paint, adhesive tape, and silkscreen on mirror, 113 x 142.5 x 94 cm. Collection of the artist © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Acrobat, 2000. Mural painting, wood, adhesive tape, and paint, 190 x 164 x 28 cm. “la Caixa” Arte Contemporáneo Collection © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Switch, 1997. Photographic print, 190 x 127 cm. Private collection, Bilbao X, 2000. 84 x 70 x 50 cm, Chair, wood, plaster, and pain. Private collection, Madrid. Installation view at Galería Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid. 2000 © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Life Forms 304, 2003–12. Iron, plywood, wood, adhesive tape, and mural painting. Dimensions of the structure: 360 x 315 x 340 cm. Total site-specific dimensions. Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa. Photo © FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa, Bilbao, 2017, photo by Erika Barahona Ede. © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Summer rain, 2006. Paint on printed paper, 132.5 x 132.5 cm each. Collection of the artist. View of the installation at KM Kulturunea, Donostia-San Sebastián, 2009 © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Summer rain III, 2006. Paint on printed paper, 132.5 x 132.5 cm. Collection of the artist © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. The Factory (Belgrade) 13 [La fábrica (Belgrado) 13], 2007. Paint on photographic base, 30.5 x 23 cm. Private collection © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Noli me tangere (mistrust) [Noli me tangere (la desconfianza)], 2009. Cast and welded aluminum pieces and screws. 70 x 500 x 300 cm. Collection of the artist © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017


Pello Irazu. Noli me tangere III, 2012. Graphite, paper, adhesive tape, and paint on paper, 152 x 165 cm. Collection of the artist © VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017

Pello Irazu: Panorama was curated by Lucía Agirre.

Images courtesy The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.