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Cityscape as theatre: How the Guggenheim Museum changed Bilbao

21 May 2014 (18:30-19:30)

We are pleased to invite you to the following public lecture presented by Professor Susan Bennett from the University of Calgary.

About the lecture

This talk looks at the history of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain. The museum opened in 1997 and was quickly recognised worldwide not only as one of the most impressive architectural achievements of the late twentieth century, but as evidence that cultural infrastructure could remake a city's reputation. Professor Bennett will discuss how the Guggenheim initiated a repurposing of the city's port area and encouraged a tourism economy that now prevails as Bilbao's "brand".  The museum’s spectacular presence has, She suggests, changed the experience of the city for both visitor and local populations, but as the twentieth anniversary of its opening approaches, it will be important to evaluate its impact on indigenous cultural production.

Speaker biography

Professor Susan Bennett (University of Calgary, Canada) is one of the foremost performance studies scholars in the world. She is the author of 'Theatre Audiences' and co-editor of 'Shakespeare Beyond English' and 'Performing Environments'. In this talk, she will present research from her recent book 'Theatre & Museums'.