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2019 #Bilbao | Guggenheim museum

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Once you're in Bilbao city this is a must visit place. The museum was inaugurated in 1997 by King of #Spain. It's built alongside the Nervion river, which runs through the city of Bilbao and it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation, you can find permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists. It is one of the largest museums in Spain.


For those who are #modernart junkies as myself, this place would be like a magnet and, believe me, you would like to spend more and more time even browsing around to admire the building itself and surrounding art objects views from outside, for sure coming inside is also a must. Therefore I suggest to plan enough time to enjoy this awesome art object.

Take a walk on the opposite side of the river to catch incredible views of the building of Frank Gehry.

Daniel Buren's "Red Archs" on the La Salve Bridge, with such nice sunny weather looks amazing supported by the blue sky background. This #art object was inaugurated on the occasion of the museum's 10th Anniversary. It creates a central circle around the road, in addition to two semicircles that are also reflected on the water and in the air. The surface is red in color, while the outer edges of the piece and the inside of the arches are vertically striped in black and white.

The best views will be from the top, so just climb up onto the bridge and cross the river heading closer to the museum's building.

The magic of the building makes you just stick to the bridge's guardrails, standing still and admiring this stunning beauty appears just in front of you, in an arm's length. The museum was the building most frequently named as one of the most important works completed since 1980 in the 2010 World Architecture Survey among architecture experts.

Go downstairs on this side of the river to enjoy closer views of the museum and art objects around it.

Anish Kapoor's "Tall Tree and the Eye" the #sculpture installed outside the museum consists of 73 reflective spheres anchored around three axes. This illusionistic work continues the artist's examination of complex mathematical and structural principles embodied in sculptural form. Kapoor reminds of the instability and ephemerality of our vision and by extension of our world.

Louise Bourgeois' "Maman" almost 9 meters tall sculpture of the spider. Intended as a tribute to her mother, who was a weaver, Bourgeois's spiders are highly contradictory as emblems of maternity: they suggest both protector and predator and embody both strength and fragility. The spider provokes awe and fear, yet her massive height, improbably balanced on slender legs, conveys an almost poignant vulnerability.

Jeff Koon's "Puppy" a behemoth West Highland terrier carpeted in bedding plants, Puppy employs the most saccharine of iconography, flowers and puppies, in a monument to the sentimental. Koons designed this public sculpture to relentlessly entice, to create optimism, and to instill, in his own words, "confidence and security." Dignified and stalwart as it stands guard at the museum, Puppy fills viewers with awe, and even joy.

After enjoying all the super views and sculptures, it's time to get into the museum.

The building from inside is no less impressive then from outside.

There are both elevator and stairs, so take a chance exploring those wavy internal layers by feet, it let you discover the building from different angles and perspectives, giving more understanding of an idea of the building creator Frank Gehry.

You'll find there three floors of permanent and temporary exhibitions, all are worth visiting, and don't forget to take audiogude, which is very useful. Making pics and videos is restricted there, so I just took a couple of them when nobody from security staff was watching (sorry, guys).


Jenny Holzer, this one below is a part of the amazing #exhibition called "Thing indescribable".

Richard Sierra "The matter of time".

Jenny Holzer "Installation for Bilbao".

This one contains of electronic LED signs moving upside down on 9 columns, you can pass through them to a teeny tiny room with reflections of blue colors on the wall, magical work, loved it a lot.

Better to enter museum in the evening, when there is not so many visitors inside, museum is open till 20.00 so you'll have enough time to see everything with no rush.

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