Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of Contemporary art designed by the Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry, it is located in Bilbao, at the Basque Country (Spain). This is one of five museums of the R. Solomon Guggenheim Foundation. It was inaugurated on October 18, 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Since its opening the museum receives an average one million visitors annually and has had an extraordinary impact in economy and in the Basque society, boosting tourism in the region and promoting the revitalization of many public and private spaces in Bilbao. Anyone who has any interest in architecture or simply wants to admire buildings that are out of the ordinary will agree that this building makes it worthwhile to visit Bilbao. It serves as an excuse for many people to visit the city. These 28 thumbnail photos present various aspects of the Museum. Click on them to see a bigger size version and to read more about what they represent. Español


Plaza del Museo Entrada principal Porche a la ría Desde el puente de la Salve Vista general trasera

The Museum joins the estuary with the classical expansion of the city. It can be accessed directly from the central shopping area of the city, while
also from new walkways and plazas on the side of the river in the area called Abandoibarra. The main entrance is at the end of the Iparraguirre St,
which leads to the Museum Square. From there down a wide staircase leading to the entrance of the Museum. With this decline saves the elevation
difference between Ensache and the estuary. The building is also next to the Puente de la Salve (or bridge of the Prince of Spain), which was
also remodeled as part of the museum's works, which appears in several photographs.

Desde la ría Mamá, Louis Bourgeois Detalle de Mamá, Louis Bourgeois Puente de la Salve Puente de la Salve
Besides the undoubted attraction of the building (for those who do not understand modern art it's much more attractive the continent that the
contents of this museum) no need to go into the museum to see works of art, as in the outside can see a few. For example, the sculpture "Maman"
by Louise Bourgeois is a large spider on the north side of the museum, near the estuary. On the other side, the large sculpture in the shape
of a dog covered with flowers, "Puppy" by Jeff Koons. Finally, only accesible from inside the museum because they were on a terrace, the Tulips
by Jeff Koons. All they appear in these photos. You can find more details by clicking on the thumbnails on this page.

Vista lateral Puppy, Jeff Koons Puppy, Jeff Koons Cabeza de Puppy, Jeff Koons Atrio interior


The building is characterized by twisted and curved shapes and consists of a series of interconnected volumes, each orthogonal and coated
limestone and other volumetric curve, more organic, coated by a "skin" formed by layers of titanium as a flake. All of these volumes are
connected with glass curtain walls that provide transparency to the entire building. Never get tired of going around the building to see
it from any angles and any level: from the bridge, from the other side of the river, at different times of day to see how it changes color,
Paying the price of entry has an interest in seeing the building inside, especially the spectacular atrium (photos banned, the only one
I show here was shot before I got the warning).

Tulipanes, Jeff Koons Reflejo. Tulipanes, Jeff Koons Láminas y curvas Superficies, líneas y curvas Luces, sombra y nubes

Depending on the temporary exhibition that you meet, you can add interest to the visit. The permanent exhibition is not of great interest to us not
lean on modern art as "The Matter of Time" by Richard Serra. There are even parts of the permanent exhibition that will make you want to ask
complaints book and get a refund of the entry. But overall worth the entry ... Inside there is also a restaurant with good reputation, it could
not be otherwise being in the Basque Country. The restaurant is named after the museum and the chef is Josean Martínez Alija.

Volúmenes Volúmenes y aristas Torre sobre el estanque Torre sobre el estanque Ventanal al puente

Instantly hailed as the most important structure of its time, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao recently celebrated a decade
of extraordinary success on October 19, 2007. With close to ninety exhibitions and over ten million visitors to its credit, the Guggenheim
Museum Bilbao forever changed the way the world thinks about museums, and it continues to challenge our assumptions about
the connections between art, architecture and collecting


La piel del museo Vista general Museo y ría desde el puente