Juan Ignacio Vidarte is the Director General of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In 1992 he became Director of the Consortium for the Guggenheim Bilbao Project, in charge of managing construction and installation of the Museum in Bilbao. In 1996, the Board of Trustees of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Foundation appointed him Director General of the Museum, a position he holds since October 2008 simultaneously with his responsibilities as Chief Officer for Global Strategies of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Under his management, the Museum has received numerous awards and prizes since its opening in October 1997, including the Gold Medal in Fine Arts in 1999; the European Museum Forum Museum of the Year Award in 2000; the EFQM Silver Q Award for Management Quality in 2004; the Tourist Appeal Award in 2005; or Vasco Universal 2007, a distinction awarded to entities or individuals that project a positive and enhancing image of the Basque Country abroad.
He has published numerous articles and delivered talks in Universities such as Deusto, Salamanca, Valencia, Coruña, Spanish Open University, Menéndez Pelayo, and Harvard, among others, on the Museum’s management model and its economic impact, including his appearance as guest speaker before the British House of Commons, where he delivered a paper entitled The Bilbao Effect.