Presentation

The BBVA Foundation has as a core strand of its action program the promotion of scientific research and artistic creation, and their transmission to society through diverse channels. Science and art make up a broad and constantly expanding domain, and their interaction fuels a cultural continuum supportive of innovation, the enlargement of individual and collective opportunities, and the finding of efficient solutions to the complex challenges of the global society of the 21st century. Moreover, the personal appropriation of the perspectives and results of scientific knowledge and artistic creation, both of them constitutively open-ended and permanently revisable, is a key component of individuals’ choices and aspirations, and the best impulse to their spirit of inquiry.

Under these premises, the BBVA Foundation supports the work of individuals and teams by means of direct funding (research and artistic projects), recognition (awards) and dissemination (lectures, publications, recordings). These ongoing schemes address a wide area of science and culture encompassing basic and applied knowledge, from physics and mathematics to biomedicine, as well as ecology and conservation biology, the multidisciplinary study of climate change, social sciences and digital humanities. Literary creation, the plastic arts, video art and the music of the 20th and 21st centuries form the hub of the BBVA Foundation’s cultural program, with a focus on contemporary creation and the interaction of artistic disciplines and genres, especially video art and music.

The union of this innovative musical composition by maestro Steve Reich, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge laureate, authoritatively performed by the Kronos Quartet, and the evocative, complex visual semantics of Beatriz Caravaggio’s video art work exemplify the BBVA Foundation’s commitment to strengthening dialogue, complementarity and cross-fertilization between artistic disciplines and perspectives.

Within this strategy of supporting culture is Fundación BBVA’s ongoing collaboration with the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, which began in 2002. A member of the museum’s Board of Trustees, Fundación BBVA has now renewed this commitment with its sponsorship of a new Video Art and Digital Creation Programme, of which this exhibition is the first result.