Discover Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Spain

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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    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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    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.

    © Pedro Javier Cubillo Guardiola / 123RF
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    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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