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The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

Opened in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao proposes eclectic modern and contemporary art exhibitions of the 20th century.

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By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

This famous symbol of Bilbao is perhaps more well-known for its exterior than for the exhibitions that lie within. The building is the work of Frank O. Gehry and gave the capital of the Biscay region a completely new look. Inside, its floor space of 11,000m˛ is regularly given over to exhibitions of paintings and sculptures by major contemporary artists. The designers created two kinds of galleries - irregular and regular. The latter have a very uniform rectangular shape whilst the former are rather misshapen with concrete floors. All exhibitions have a minimalist and simple character - usually with only 10 - 15 works of art per gallery. Richard Serra's permanent exhibition in the museum is particularly controversial since its interpretation depends completely on the individual. For some it is simply large pieces of steel whilst for others it is a calming and soothing representation of modernity.

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao , Spain
The northern façade of the Guggenheim

Frank Gehry's typical titanium architecture plays with the reflections of the Nervion river, which is crossed via the red bridge of La Salve.

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The entrance to the museum, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Arts and culture, Basque Country
The entrance to the museum

Since its inauguration in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum has become the international symbol of Bilbao. Schools of architecture speak of the 'Guggenheim effect'.

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A majestic building

With its chaotic appearance provoked by the many fragmented pieces and the contrast between the stone and titanium, the building's central theme is the atrium.

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"Maman", a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Arts and culture, Basque Country
"Maman", a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois

Although the Guggenheim Museum may be an international reference for modern and contemporary art, many people come here to admire the architecture of the building.

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao , Spain
The steps next to the museum

These steps next to the Guggenheim Museum are the most traditional part about the building.

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