EXHIBITION: Stone and Sky. Video installation by Víctor Erice

Víctor Erice
Stone and Sky
Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Stone and Sky is an audiovisual installation by Víctor Erice whose motif is the monument dedicated to the composer and musicologist Aita Donostia (José Gonzalo Zulaika; San Sebastián, 1886–Lekaroz, Navarra, 1956). Located at the peak of Mount Agiña (Lesaka, Navarra), it is a work by the sculptor Jorge Oteiza and the architect Luis Vallet. It was made at the request of the Aranzadi Sciences Society and opened on 20 June 1959, and it has two elements: a funerary stele created by Oteiza and a chapel built by Vallet.

Erice himself describes the work in this way: 'Located [the stele and the chapel] across from the video camera [...] in Stone and Sky they have been subjected to a process of cinematisation where light, sound and time play an essential role. The daytime view [...] stands in contrast to the night-time view. The former offers images where nature coexists with the footprints of history [...], while the latter tries to capture something of the metaphysical dimension of the moonlit scene […], in short, the elements of what Oteiza identified as the "Culture of the Sky". The sky was his purpose [...].'

The video installation consists in two large-scale projections (width of the projection: 8 m) called Day Space (11'03'') and Night Space (6'35''). The sound includes an iconic piece by Aita Donostia—Mournful Andante, his last composition for piano, dated from 1954—performed by one of the top connoisseurs of his oeuvre, the pianist Josu Okiñena (San Sebastián, 1971).

Stone and Sky was made thanks to the Video Art and Digital Creation Programme developed jointly by the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and the BBVA Foundation. For its premiere, the museum has organised a lecture in which Erice himself will explain the process of making this work, along with a film series entitled 'Art and Nature'.
Opening: 13/11/2019
From: 13/11/2019
Until: 01/01/2021
Schedule: Wednesdays to Mondays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays closed
Location: Museo Plaza, 2


13/11/2019 - 01/01/2021


10:00 - 20:00


Bilbao Fine Arts Museum
Museo Plaza, 2, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia
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