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Welcome reception for Frontiers of Knowledge awardees in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The laureates in the 12th and 13th editions of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards have arrived in Bilbao. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was the setting for their first encounter with the President of the BBVA Foundation, Carlos Torres Vila, the President of CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), Rosa Menéndez, and the Director of the BBVA Foundation, Rafael Pardo, who were there to welcome them this Sunday, September 19 along with the museum’s Director, Juan Ignacio Vidarte.

19 September, 2021

The reception is the first of the events organized around the Frontiers of Knowledge Awards ceremony, which since the 11th edition – in 2019 – has been sited in Bilbao. Last year’s ceremony had to be called off due to the epidemiological situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, so this year’s will recognize the 35 winners in the 12th and 13th editions, decided in 2020 and 2021 respectively. 

The awards will be presented on Tuesday 21st in the Euskalduna Conference Centre. The evening before, on Monday 20th, a gala concert in honor of awardees has been organized in the same venue, performed by the Basque National Orchestra under conductor Roberto Treviño and featuring soloists Joaquín Achúcarro (piano) and Giovanni Guzzo (violin).

Over a number of decades, the BBVA Group and its Foundation have participated in and interacted with the knowledge and cultural ecosystem of the Basque Country, through recurrent partnerships with some of the region’s leading institutions. In particular, the Foundation has been a Strategic Trustee from the outset of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and each year co-organizes one of its exhibitions, like the Kandinsky show that closed last May. It also partners the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts in its Video Art and Digital Creation Program, whose latest initiative is “Muntadas. The Empty City,” currently on show.