2- 6 june 2016 thursday 2 june: brussels- guetaria- san sebastian



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CONTEMPORARY ART & ARCHITECTURE IN THE

BASQUE COUNTRY FOR NICOLE CHRISTIAENS & FRIENDS.

2- 6 JUNE 2016


  1. THURSDAY 2 JUNE: BRUSSELS- GUETARIA- SAN SEBASTIAN.

11:50 h. Departure Brussels airlines to Bilbao.
13:45 h. Arrival Bilbao airport. Welcome by Sofia Barroso.Departure by coach to the fishing village of Guetaria where we will visit Cristobal Balenciaga Museum. This great fashion icon was born in the village and started in the fashion world thanks to the mother of Queen Fabiola of Belgium. The museum is located on the grounds of the Mora de Aragón family.

www.cristobalbalenciagamuseoa.com After we will enjoy a stroll through this charming village and church.
6:00pm. Drive to the nearby village of Zumaia, to have tapas and wine at the Zuloaga Foundation, located in the summer home of this late turn-of-the-last-century artist.

www.fundacionzuloaga.com



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Balenciaga Museum

Guetaria village

Ignacio Zuloaga home & Foundation.

7:30 pm. Continue by coach to San Sebastian.


8:00 pm. Arrival at the beautiful sea town of San Sebastian and check into the Hotel NH Collection San Sebastian Aranzazu.

Dinner on your own.


Hotel NH Collection San Sebastian Aranzazu ****

Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1,

20018 San Sebastian.

Guipuzcoa, Spain.

Tel. + 34 943 21 90 77




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  1. FRIDAY 3 JUNE: SAN SEBASTIAN.

9:30 am. Departure on foot. Visit the Wind Combs, Eduardo Chillida site-specific sculptures on the water front and enjoy their interaction with the ocean.

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11:00 am. Special visit to Chillida-Leku, the Chillida foundation owned by the artist Eduardo Chillida´s artists family. Welcome by Luis Chillida, son of the artist and director of the foundation. We will stroll around the sculpture park and visit the Caserío/farm house with its beautiful collection of works. www.museochillidaleku.com



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Refreshments will be hosted at the guest house where we will see the works byGorka Chillida, grandson of the artist. www.gorkachillida.com

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1:30 pm. Departure for lunch at San Sebastian´s sea port at Bokado Restaurant by chef Mikel Santamaría.


After lunch we will enjoy a stroll in the old quarter of San Sebastian where we will see the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora del Coro, San Telmo Fine Arts Museum with its church entirely decorated by paints of Jose Luis Sert and La Brecha produce market. We will finish our afternoon visiting the art spaces of la Kursaal, located in the Rafael Moneo Cube building on the waterfront and the Koldo Mitxelena cultural space.
Free evening and dinner.

San Sebastian is famous for its gastronomy. We will provide a list of restaurants. Reservations in advance will be needed.




  1. SATURDAY 4 JUNE: SAN SEBASTIAN-BAYONNE- BIARRITZ- FUENTERRABIA- SAN SEBASTIAN.

9:30am Departure to Bayonne.

10.30 am. Visit “La Petite Escalere”, beautifulsite-specific private sculpture parkon the shores of the Ardour river with works by Leger, Caro, Serra, Nicky de St-Phalle, Goldsworthy, Oteiza, Chillida, Cristina Iglesias, between others. Created by Paul Haim, it is now owned by his daughter Dominique Chanin Haim, who will guide us personally. www.lpe-jardin.org




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1:30 pm. Departure for lunch at La Concha Restaurant. www.laconcha.fr

3:30 pm. Free time to enjoy a stroll through Biarritz and maybe have a coffee at the Hotel du Palais.
5:30 pm. Onour return to San Sebastian we will stop at the village of Fuenterrabia where we will have a stroll the old quarter and have a tea at the Parador El Emperador, located in a fortress where Charles V slept.
8:00 pm. Arrive back at the hotel. Free dinner.


  1. SUNDAY 5 JUNE: SAN SEBASTIAN- BILBAO.

9:00 am. Departure with luggage to Bilbao.

10:30 am. Visit the Guggenheim-Bilbao. Temporary exhibitions on show:



The 102 canvases, all them on view at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, show Warhol’s signature palette of bright hues with cheerful excess. The backgrounds of these canvases were painted with a sponge mop, the streaks and trails left by the mop adding “gesture” to the picture plane. Seven or eight different screens were used to create Shadows, as evidenced in the slight shifts in scales of dark areas as well as the arbitrary presence of spots of light. The “shadows” alternate between positive and negative imprints as they march along the wall of the gallery.
  • LOUISE BOURGEOIS.STRUCTURES OF EXISTENCE. THE CELLS


Among the most innovative and challenging sculptural works in her extensive oeuvre are the Cells, a series of architectural spaces that preoccupied her for nearly 20 years. Bourgeois’sCells are intensely psychological microcosms: situated within various enclosures, each is a multi-faceted collection of objects and sculptural forms arranged to evoke an atmosphere of emotional resonance. In almost theatrical scenes, these everyday objects—items of clothing ,fabric, or furniture—along with singular sculptures by Bourgeois, create a charged barrier between the interior world of the artist and the exterior world that is the exhibition space.
  • WINDOWS ON THE CITY. THE SCHOOL OF PARIS, 1900-1945


In the early 20th century, Paris was the capital of the avant-garde. Artists from around the world settled in the City of Light, where they created new forms of art and literature and responded to the rapid economic, social, and technological developments that were fundamentally transforming urban life. Paris was where Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque radically overturned the conventions of painting, Robert Delaunay composed visions of harmonious color, Vasily Kandinsky pursued new directions in abstraction, and Constantin Brancusi reimagined how sculptures could be present in space. Bringing together masterpieces from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum collection, this exhibition offers a vibrant glimpse of a historic creative outpouring and includes some of the pastcentury’s mostimportant paintings and sculptures, works that remain influential today. This presentation, which spans the first years of the 20th century through World War II, charts key movements of modernism—from Cubism to Orphism to Surrealism—and the artists who came to be known as the École de Paris (School of Paris). Though diverse, the artistic

visions represented in this exhibition manifest a common impulse to eschew conservative aesthetics and transform perceptions of everyday life in a modern city.




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Andy Warhol. Shadows, 1978-79. Acrylic on canvas. 102 paintings on canvas (all unframed)

Each canvas: 193 x 132 x 2.9 cm

Dia Art Foundation. Installation view, Dia: Beacon, Beacon, New York.

Louise Bourgeois, Cell IV, 1991. Painted wood, marble, steel



Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Le Moulin de la Galette, Paris, autumn 1900.
2:00 pm. Lunch at The Bistro Restaurant at the Guggenheim.

4:00 pm. Departure on foot. Check into the hotel Hesperia Bilbao. ( Luggage will he been left at the hotel in the morning).

5:00 pm. Optional architectural walk and visit of the highlights of the Fine ArtsMuseum.

8:00 pm. Departure on foot.Farewell dinner at Victor Montes, located in the Plaza Nueva in the historic quarter of town. Return on foot.




Hotel Hesperia Bilbao.

Campo Volantin,28.

48007 Bilbao.

Tel.944 05 11 00

www.nh-hoteles.es/hotel/hesperia-bilbao


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  1. MONDAY 6 JUNE: BILBAO-BRUSSELS.

Free morning.

10:00 am Optional walk through the Old quarter of Bilbao and produce market.

12:00 noon. Departure by coach with luggage to the airport.

2:25 pm. Departure of Air Brussels direct flight.



4:15 pm. Arrival Brussels.




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