We are open | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
19-06-2020 13:30

We are open

From 1 June, the mobile installation made up of more than 2,000 parts located in Plaza will welcome all visitors.

The two exhibition rooms are already opened, Ubik, 2deo, the Artist’s Space and the cinema will gradually resume their activity from June 2.

The centre has adopted all the necessary hygienic-sanitary measures to guarantee the safety of staff and the public.

The Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture will reopen its doors on 1 June with activities starting up in many of the spaces dedicated to creation and contemporary culture: the two exhibition rooms, the Ubik creation library, the Artist’s Space and the 2deo audiovisual laboratory. Tabakalera will also continue working to incorporate other spaces, services and activities in the coming weeks with the aim of making the building available to users as soon as possible and with the highest levels of safety.



Some of the spaces in the building have been adapted to provide users with the best possible experience and enjoyment. For this purpose, during the first few days after opening, the entrance to the centre will be through the access door from the Néstor Basterretxea square (Floor 0). The Information Point – usually located on the first floor – will be temporarily located there, and will act as a reception, offering each visitor information and the rules for access and use of the building, whose public spaces, during the first few days, will be only for transit. To access Tabakalera, the use of a mask will be mandatory and the interpersonal distance of two metres must be respected.



Kuboa, a monumental 10x10 metre sculpture in Plaza

The mobile installation Kuboa, by the French-Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc, will welcome the public as soon as they enter the building, in Plaza (floor 0). A mobile sculpture consisting of 2,660 steel parts, measuring ten metres by ten metres and weighing a tonne that invites those who visit one of Tabakalera’s most emblematic spaces to discover the work, and by implication the space in which it is exhibited, time and again, through an ever changing perception.

Kuboa is an invitation to sensory and recreational perception that changes the character of the Plaza and presents it to visitors in permanent transformation, thanks to the constant contrasts between light, shade and movement.

The exhibition of Julio Le Parc’s monumental work, created on site, is in response to Tabakalera’s interest in presenting artistic proposals beyond exhibition halls, revisiting key figures in contemporary art and choosing works of art with the capacity to activate and transform public spaces in a more accessible way.

In addition, with the presentation of Kuboa, Tabakalera wants to pay tribute to an artist who has demonstrated an ability to connect modern art with the uncertainties of the contemporary, and who was a pioneer in establishing a new relationship between art and its audiences. “I want my work to establish a direct relationship with whoever comes to see it, not only with art critics. The important thing is the complicity that can exist between the work and the spectator,” Le Parc states. 

To complement the installation, over the next few months the Maushaus group, which is dedicated to the mediation of art and architecture for children, will carry out activities based on games, art and experimentation, reinterpreting the proposals for urban art and games developed by Le Parc.

The work Kuboa will remain in Tabakalera for the next two years.



Opening of the exhibition rooms

On 2 June the two exhibition rooms of Tabakalera will open to the public. On floor 0, the exhibition Néstor Basterretxea.Through photography presented by Kutxa Kultur Artegunea introduces us, for the first time and in great depth, to the photographic and film work of the Basque artist. The exhibition will be open until 12 October.

Meanwhile, the contemporary art exhibition Cybernetics of the Poor: tutorials, exercises and scores, which was inaugurated on 6 March, before the state of alarm, will remain open until 23 August on the first floor of the building The exhibition, curated by German culture critic and curator Diedrich Diederichsen and by the head of Tabakalera’s contemporary art department, Oier Etxeberria, proposes an analysis of the various forms of connection that have historically taken place between cybernetics and art. Co-produced by Tabakalera and the Kunsthalle in Vienna, the exhibition offers works by 24 local and international artists.

The two exhibition rooms will have the same opening hours when they reopen, which will be from Tuesday to Sunday, from 12:00 to 14:00 and in the afternoon from 16:00 to 20:00.



Ubik, the Artist’s Space and the 2deo audiovisual laboratory resume their activity

During the first fortnight of June, the Ubik creation library will resume its activity with the provision of the loan and return service, for which the use of the Tabakalera card will be necessary. From 16 June the space will also be opened to the public and will be available to users with some restrictions. Ubik will be open to the public with its usual opening hours, from 10:00 to 20:00 from Tuesday to Saturday, and from 10:00 to 14:00 on Sundays and holidays.

The Artist’s Space on the third floor will also resume its activity in June, reopening its spaces and restarting services to once again accommodate artists who work in Tabakalera to carry out projects through residencies that were suspended due to the state of alarm.

The audiovisual laboratory with content in Basque 2deo, aimed at professionals working in the audiovisual sector, will be open from Monday to Thursday, and the use of its services will be by prior appointment.



Cinema returns to Tabakalera

The Tabakalera shared screen cinema programme will restart on 17 June. Cinema fans will be able to enjoy two weekly film sessions throughout the summer, on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 19:00, with a programme that recovers films from various seasons that were cancelled as a result of the state of alarm. Users will be able to enjoy films from the seasons: R.W. Fassbinder, Permanent History of Cinema, the spotlight dedicated to Brazilian director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Histories of cinema. Santos Zunzunegui, Eskolatik and Cinema and science.

As a novelty, the return of cinema to Tabakalera will include the premiere of the complete retrospective of the film-maker Joanna Hogg, considered “one of the best kept secrets of contemporary British cinema”.

Information on the procedure for buying tickets and access and use of the cinema will be provided in the coming days. Meanwhile, the programming for the months of June, July and August can already be consulted in tabakalera.eu.



Gastronomy and shops

The LABe digital gastronomy lab, located on the 5th floor of the building, will be temporarily closed to the public, but will continue with the LABe Restaurant Delivery service, the gastronomic proposal with home delivery launched a few days ago that maintains the characteristic philosophy and quality of LABe.

And Taba, the cafeteria located at street level in the Néstor Basterretxea square, expands the service provided in the last few days with the incorporation of breakfast, lunch and “raciones” (portions) in the evenings. The establishment will be open during its normal hours, from 8:00 to 23:00, with half its capacity on the terrace and inside. The pizzeria also has a home delivery service (with the option of ordering online).

The private initiatives Impact Hub, Basque Living, Läntoki, Arteuparte Studio and Tobacco Days will also open on 1 June, and the One Shot Tabakalera House hotel will do so on 15 June.

The opening hours of Tabakalera will be as usual: from 9:00 to 21:00 (Monday-Thursday), from 9:00 to 22:00 (Friday), from 10:00 to 22:00 (Saturday) and from 10:00 to 21:00 (Sundays and holidays).


The opening times for the information points, meanwhile, will be as follows:

Monday to Wednesday: 09:00-20:00

Thursday and Friday: 09:00-21:00

Saturday: 10:00-21:00

Sundays and public holidays: 10:00-20:00