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Behind the scenes at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao launches the #GuggenheimBilbaoLive digital initiative to showcase the "behind-the-scenes" of the museum during its temporary closure.

Although temporarily closed to visitors in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is launching #GuggenheimBilbaoLive, a digital initiative that will permanently offer, through the Museum's website and social media, new audiovisual content on exhibitions and other lesser-known aspects of its activities.

Created to accompany, inspire and help make containment a little more manageable, the new section of the website called #GuggenheimBilbaoLive will feature a number of videos created behind closed doors in recent days by some of the Museum's staff.
The new virtual content will introduce the Director General, curators and others working in key areas such as conservation, education and interpretation, exhibition design and installation, and they will share their practical experience and perspectives over the coming days and weeks during this closed period.

So, in these difficult times of confinement, they will share informally and personally, for example, what is their favourite work of art in the Collection, or anecdotes and trivia about current exhibitions, and answer questions that any visitor may have: how were Richard Serra's colossal sculptures in The Question of Time shipped and installed? How is an exhibition organized? What kind of maintenance does the building require? How are works of art preserved? How is an exhibition installation designed? How do works of art travel? What are the children's favourite works?

At the launch of the project, videos related to the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: In real lifeThe first publications of the exhibition, sponsored by Iberdrola, were published in the section entitled "Exhibitions and Collection". The curator Lucía Agirre shares some details about the exhibition and her favourite works created by this artist who makes us reflect on the world around us and uses materials such as moss, water, glacial water, fog, light or reflective metal. The pieces entitled Moss wall, Stardust particle and The glacier melt series 1999/2019 are some of the works she has chosen. 

In the next few days, more videos will be posted until all sections are complete:

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- Exhibitions and collection, where new videos will be added concerning the art of exhibitions currently not presented.
- Museum and Families: a family approach to art, with videos created to stimulate children's creativity and interest in art. This section for families is sponsored by BBK.
- Stimulating installations: aspects of exhibitions that visitors do not normally see from a professional perspective.
- A bright and luminous building: preparing the building designed by Frank Gehry from the engine room to other key and unknown locations.
- How to preserve art: the conservation of works of art, one of the main tasks of the museum.
- Our most memorable exhibits: some of the museum's most successful exhibits have been "salvaged".

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