Today the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum and the Basque Film Archive signed a partnership agreement through which the hundred-year-old Bilbao art gallery is now the permanent venue for the film series programmed by the Film Archive. The heads of both entities attended this morning's presentation of the partnership, which will kick off this very week with a retrospective series dedicated to the director and screenwriter Helena Taberna.
The Basque Film Archive, whose main supporters are the Basque Government, the Provincial Government of Álava and the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa, was founded in 1978 for the purpose of researching, recovering, archiving, conserving and screening films and audio-visual work of interest for the study of cinema, with particular dedication to Basque cinema. The Archive also collects and safeguards documentation and technical material whose conservation is culturally or historically relevant.
Throughout their four decades of co-existence, the museum and the Basque Film Archive—located since 2015 in the Tabakalera, the International Centre for Contemporary Culture in San Sebastián—have worked together on various occasions for the shared purpose of promoting and disseminating the Basque cinematic heritage.
This partnership has reached historic proportions, thanks to the agreement by which the museum is now the venue for the series and screenings organised by the Basque Film Archive and is therefore, alongside the Tabakalera, the permanent and referential partner in the Archive's activities.
Every Saturday afternoon the museum will thus offer programming designed for the transmission of cinematic culture through screenings linked both to the Basque heritage and to the classics of film history. The initiative will be running on an ongoing basis as of Saturday 13 October in the museum's 208-seat auditorium, recently renovated and equipped with the latest technology.