The new 90s

The new 90s, an essay-exhibition by Nekane Aramburu, is an approach to the different artistic groups that worked at the end of the 80s, the 90s and in the early 2000s, combining their energies with alternative, peripheral and cross-border perspectives derived from social, political, intellectual, feminist and environmental commitments. Thus, the exhibition contributes to the preservation and transmission of that cultural ecosystem, incorporating the spirit of initiatives and spaces, some of which are still active locally or internationally, such as El Gallinero, Zelai Azpi, Zapatari, Arteleku, La Fiambrera, Las Chamas and Consonni.

  • 4th march - 4th june, 2023
  • From Tuesday to Sunday
  • Until 26th March: 10:00-19:00 | From 28th March on: 10:00-20:00
  • Tickets: 6 €
  • Tuesday, free admission
  • Guided tours
Artistas del gallinero, 1996. Idoia Unzurrunzaga
Blind Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, 2000. Begoña Muñoz
Epizoo General Anus scene. Marcel li Antunez. Argazkia Carles Rodriguez
Performance Contagiar-Contaminar 3. Llovía el dia que murio. Artista Beatriz Silva Las Chamas 1993- Argazkia. Alejandro de la Rica
Pedro Garhel, Retratos Lumena. Marisa González, ca. 1990
Renovating the gros market few days before its demolition. Lara Almarcegui


The project includes 146 creators and groups, as well as productions that are seeing the light for the first time, all of them from a perspective of their meaning within a choral gear assembly where the participatory aspect transcends individualities.

Within the framework of a complex global scene, the 90s in the Basque Country took on certain differential complexities due to the evolution of situations such as the transformation of economic models. There is also a transition period replete with micro-events between 1994 and 1997, after which a renewal of strategies and ways of operating in both the public and private spheres became apparent and would become visible between 1997 and 2001.

The exhibition, having a chronological itinerary, integrates this evolution and points out the parallel social events. It begins by addressing the relevance of using what were then called "New Technologies", which were fundamentally developed from the investigation of the possibilities offered by video-art. A significant example was B ideoaldia, a good instance of a collective venture. After a look at the Sala Vanguardia in San Telmo Museum, the importance of the artistic nuclei and the relevance of the communities that emerged around the Uribitarte workshops, the urban areas of Vitoria and Bilbao or Zelai Azpi, Redería and El Gallinero in the outlying areas of Gipuzkoa are delineated. Likewise, the role of Arteleku, in operation since 1987 as a hub for production and training, is highlighted. The exhibition presents a selection of alternative editions, certain thesis presentations and actions that stood out due to their relational and participatory nature. References to audiovisual production centres (CINT, Larrotxene and the Faculty of Fine Arts of Bilbao) can be consulted in the San Telmo library.

Nekane Aramburu

She is a doctor in Art History. Working in depth on extensive studies, among them: Collective archives: History and current situation of independent and collective artist spaces in Spain 1980 to 2010, Caras B of video art in Spain, Gaur(sic) or Matériaux Immateriel on environmental responsibility mechanisms in the collections and management of the FRACs of Champagne-Ardenne, Lorraine and Alsace in France. He works as director of the Fenosa Florensa Museum, also highlighting under his direction Espacio Ciudad and the Es Baluard museum in Palma de Mallorca.

Collectives of the exhibition

ACME, aD, Ateka, Beltza Records, Consonni, Coop, DAE, El Gallinero, Erreakzioa, Eseté, Ezztanda, Fat Esteban, Kónic Thtr., La fiambrera, Macromassa, Mediaz, Mugatxoan, Mujeres creando, Okupgraf, P.O Box, Resiste, Salón Bioko, SEAC, The Rippers, TTTP (Technologies To The People), Zapatari.

Institutions that present work

Larrotxene K.E. (Intxaurrondo), Donostia / San Sebastián ; Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola; Frac Lorraine (Metz); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del País Vasco, Artium Museoa; Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteizko Udala; Banco de España; Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid; Galería KUR, Donostia / San Sebastián; Galería Max Estrella, Madrid; Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia / Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa; KUTXA Fundazioa; Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria-Gasteiz; MUSAC, León; Fundación Vital Fundazioa, Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Accessible texts

In order to make the exhibition accessible for people with visual disbility, it is possible to download its texts on mobile phones, thanks to the collaboration with Begiris association.

Guided tours

Booking and further information at 943 48 15 61, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The museum has programmed activities around the exhibition. Consult the full agenda (in Spanish)


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