Annual Manuel Irujo Lecture in Basque Studies: with Professor Joseba Zulaika

4:00pm - 6:00pm / Wednesday 14th February 2018 / Venue: Lecture Theatre 5 Rendall Building
Type: Lecture / Category: Department
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City, Architecture, and Labyrinth: Bilbao’s Appeal

Speaker: Professor Joseba Zulaika – Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

With the international acclaim brought by Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao became the paradigm of a postindustrial city revived by the power of architecture.

This presentation will focus on the role of arts and architecture in transforming a city’s image and economy. But why did Gehry’s masterpiece become such an instant landmark and dominate the architectural imagination of the turn of the century? It has to do with what Nietzsche wrote: “If we willed and dared an architecture according to the kind of souls we possess, the labyrinth would be our model!”

This lecture is free to attend and open to all, the lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.