Thanks to the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao became the paradigm of a postindustrial city transformed through architecture. But why did Frank Gehry´s building become an instant landmark? The Manuel Irujo Chair at the University of Liverpool will take an in-depth look this year at cities whose economies have been transformed by art and architecture.
Professor Joseba Zulaika from the Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, will analyse the keys to the success of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum on February 14 in a lecture entitled City, Architecture, and Labyrinth: Bilbao´s Appeal.
The academic programme will continue on March 8 with Bilbao and Liverpool: A Tale of Two Cities in Transformation, a seminar presented by Arantxa Rodriguez (UPV / EHU), Beatriz García (University of Liverpool), Joseba Zulaika (Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno) and Paul Jones (University of Liverpool).
The Manuel Irujo Chair was launched in the 2014-15 academic year at the University of Liverpool. Since then conferences have focused on topics related to Basque exile, politics and art.