1516-2016. Peace Treaties
San Telmo Museum of Basque History &
Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea
17 June – 2 October 2016
The main art exhibition of this year’s European Capital of Culture: San Sebastián (jointly with Wroclaw, Poland) throughout 2016. Shows 300 art works on the theme of war and peace. Includes works by Goya, Murillo, Picasso, Ribera, Zurbarán as well as Rubens, and 20th-century and contemporary works by Le Corbusier and Hans Haacke.
22 April – 3 July 2016
First major retrospective of the San Sebastián-born artist displaying some 130 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from five decades of his career: Landscapes and still lives through his abstract images of the 1950s and 1960s, culminating with his sea and cloudscapes.
Frivolite: Indumentaria del siglo XVIII. Colección del Museo San Telmo
San Sebastián’s Museo San Telmo displays for the first time 42 items from its collection of 18th-century costume, 14 June – 28 September.
The exhibition includes entire dress combinations along with stockings and accessories such as fans and bags all placed in context by prints, paintings and fashion magazines of the period. It is accompanied by an audiovisual display of the conservation of the items before display. The great part of the museum’s costume collection was donated in the 1940s by the wife of the local painter Santiago Arcos Ugalde (Santiago, Chile 1852-1912 San Sebastián). The artist may have collected the costume as props to aid him in the production of his historical genre paintings or to use in the fancy-dress parties that they regularly attended. According to at least one label sewn into a jacket, some of the items belonged to the French actress Vieginie Dejazet, who specialized in playing historical roles of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) Bideak/Caminos/Paths, Sala kubo-kutxa Aretoa, San Sebastián, 20 June – 28 September, 2014.
The first survey exhibition since 1992 about the Basque sculptor to open in the city of his birth, where he lived and developed his career over more than 50 years. This exhibition of 140 works, large and small, sculptures and works on paper, particularly focuses on Chillida as a defender of the environment. The earliest work dates from 1954 and the latest from 2000, when he sculpted his homage to his wife Pili in alabaster, and includes drawings for his most emblematic monumental sculpture Peine del viento (1990), created at the suggestion of his wife, which has become symbolic of the San Sebastián coastline.