The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and Fundación BBVA are launching a video art and digital creation programme
This new initiative opens with Different Trains, a work by Beatriz Caravaggio based on music by Steve Reich
The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and Fundación BBVA have renewed their collaborative agreement to create the Video Art and Digital Creation Programme, which is being launched with the exhibition Different Trains, a work by Beatriz Caravaggio based on the musical composition of the same title by the composer Steve Reich.
The collaboration between the two institutions began in 2002. Fundación BBVA's commitment to the museum, of which it is a member of the Board of Trustees, reflects its wider strategy of supporting culture through its relations with various institutions in order to contribute to the creation and dissemination of the most cutting-edge and representative art forms of the present day.
Over the past few years Fundación BBVA has added the promotion and dissemination of video art and digital creation to its range of activities and the format of the image in motion has opened up a new, clearly contemporary creative direction. Video art's contribution to the collective consciousness has not, however, been matched by an appropriate level of recognition and support for its creators, a situation that Fundación BBA aims to rectify through its annual Multiverso grant programme and through special commissions such the present one offered to Beatriz Caravaggio.
Different Trains will be on display in Room 33 of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum between 26 April and 25 September. The composer Steve Reich, winner of the Fundación BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge in contemporary Music Prize in 2013, has said of the work:
“ Given that we live at a time when many people need a visual accompaniment to music even in concerts various people have created videos for my work Different Trains. To be honest, I haven't seen most of them, and the ones I have distract from listening to the music. The only exception is the brilliant multi-channel video by Beatriz Caravaggio, which is worthy of being watched in its own right and as a means to intensify listening to Different Trains. Beatriz has employed archival images and through the use of multi-screen and excellent installation has created a reflexive, moving work. Bravo Beatriz! ”