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Yoshitomo Nara in Guggenheim-Museum Bilbao | 28.06-03.11.2024

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Yoshitomo Nara is one of the most famous artists of his generation, and his imposing paintings of children with big heads and big eyes – sometimes menacing, defiant and cheeky, but also melancholy and insecure – are widely recognised.

Image above:In the deepest puddle II, 1995 Acrylic paint on cotton, mounted on canvas 120 × 110 cm Ruytaro Takahashi Collection © Yoshitomo Nara, 1995 Courtesy of the Yoshitomo Nara Foundation

Nara’s characters, figures and animals are a reflection of himself: Memories of his childhood, his life experiences, his knowledge of music, art and society, both in Japan and abroad, are the source of his creativity.

Ships in Girls, 1992 Acrylic paint and coloured pencil on paper 28 × 34 cm Collection of the artist © Yoshitomo Nara, 1992 Courtesy of the Yoshitomo Nara Foundation

The recurring themes in his work – such as the house with the red roof, the rungs, the puddle, the box, the blue boat and the forest – show the continuity of his thinking throughout his career and illustrate his stylistic development.

Fountain of Life, 2001/2014/2022 Enamel and urethane on fibre-reinforced plastic (FPR), motor and water 175 × 180 cm diameter Collection of the artist Yoshitomo Nara, 2001 Courtesy of the Yoshitomo Nara Foundation

Nara’s first major solo exhibition in a leading European museum has been specially conceived for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. It will then travel to Baden-Baden and London, where the exhibition will be redesigned for each location.


Exhibition dates:
Friday, 28 June to Sunday, 03 November 2024

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 19:00.
Except on the following days, when the museum closes at 20:00:

In summer (from 17 June to 22 September).

Open on Mondays: 17 June to 22 September.


Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Avenida Abandoibarra, 2 48009 Bilbao


Adults 15€
Students (18-26 years old) €7.5.
Seniors (>65 years old / pensioners) €7.5.
Children and young people under 18 free

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