Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.


In 2019, the Etxepare Basque Institute initiated the ZABAL initiative to enhance the global presence of Basque culture and artists. ZABAL aims to foster contemporary Basque creativity by establishing networks that promote and facilitate exchange and long-term collaboration among creators, professionals, cultural stakeholders, and local entities. The Institute also wants to establish ongoing collaborative relationships with major international art exhibitions.

In short, ZABAL aims to generate new possibilities for Basque artists, and to create new ways of connecting with the international art scene. The Institute invites internationally renowned curators, art critics and museum directors to learn about the local artistic context of the Basque Country to encourage direct collaboration with Basque artists.

This project has already generated various collaboration opportunities between Basque creators and international event programmers. For example, in 2022, the Bilbao-based publishing house and independent cultural venue Consonni took in the international exhibition Documenta Fifteen, held in Kassel, Germany, and June Crespo exhibited her work at the 59th Biennale di Venezia (Biennale Arte 2022).

For this project, the Institute receives technical support from Artingenium.

Curators of some of the most important international initiatives have already visited the Basque Country to familiarize themselves with the Basque art scene.


Sign up for our Newsletter.