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The Guggenheim wants to expand between nature

Juan Ignacio Vidae, director of the museum, retakes a project that the crisis stopped and looks for locations in the area of Gernika

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The Guggenheim wants to expand between nature

The Guggenheim gives 10-year jumps. In 2008, when he had an open decade and had achieved what seemed impossible, transformation of decadent industrial Bilbao into an emerging and service, n deputy General Vizcaino, Jose Luis Bilbao, announced that his institution had reserved 100 million euros for creation of a Guggenheim 2 in an Old Colony house in town of Sukarrieta (Bizkaia).

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The crisis paralyzed him but not dream of a new house to "guarantee sustainability of project to future", maintain official sources of museum. The Director general of Guggenheim of Bilbao, Juan Ignacio Vidae has been put to work and has been personally involved in what y call a "discontinuous enlargement". The post yesterday announced that in February visited some possible locations to resume project of a second Guggenheim for environment of Bilbao.

Vidae inspected three of m last month: closed factory of Dalia cutlery, about 18,000 square meters; The factory of shipyards Murueta, still in active and located on foot of estuary of Gernika, and facilities of football field of Urbieta, all of m in area of Gernika, although y are not only possible emplacements. Although it is not definitive that this is area in which new seat is install, no one doubts that it would be located in Bizkaia.

What is clear is that new museum will be a complement to built by Frank Gehry, and will be a certain revolution in concept. They want to give a different experience to visitor, in which art merges with natural environment.

"These are early exploratory movements," y insisted yesterday from Bilbao Center, but are "consistent with museum's 2018-2020 strategic plan approved last December." Then it did not transcend detail of agreement to resume search. "It is very preliminary because it also requires institutional support and high consensus" and does not yet exist.

Next Legislature

The Basque Government and Diputación Foral de Bizkaia have ratified that this legislature that ends in 2020 in first case and in 2019 in second will not face project. Maybe next. The strategic plan has approval of Board of Trustees, whose members include Solomon Guggenheim Foundation based in New York. In 2009, foundation's president, Richard Armstrong, assured when he was presented with project: "It is an exceptional opportunity to reinvent creative process."

Vidae is studying possible locations "to be prepared in case those who run institutions next term, retake agreement to finance new project. It is a matter of taking steps, going forward so that when time can come, we have everything ahead of us, "confirm sources of museum.

In 2008 when first location for enlargement was presented, objective was to achieve a tourism plus and activity generation to fight precisely against economic slowdown that was being seen. The Colony House, an old BBK building, now Kutxabank, had 5,000 square meters of exposure. This place was embedded in only biosphere reserve of Basque Country, Urdaibai, recognized by UNESCO in 1984.

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