Guggenheim Modern Art Museum in Bilbao, Spain

The Guggenheim Modern Art Museum in Bilbao was my first ‘Frank Gehry’ building.

Our first view of it was when we walked around the building in the evening.
Fountains lit-up at night in front of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, Spain The giant ‘spider’ sculpture lit up at night in front of Gehry’s architectural masterpiece.
The giant 'spider' sculpture lit up at night in front of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, SpainThe spider was equally gruesome in the next day as it loomed over the pink-shirted runners.
The giant 'spider' sculpture in front of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, SpainWe started by walking around the exterior of this architectural wonder with its metallic swoops and curves.
Frank Gehry's architectural design for the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, Spain The building changed depending on the light, with a shimmery sheen under a cloudy sky, and shooting back light flares when the sun hit it.The metallic walls and curvilinear architectural design by Frank Gehry for the Guggenheim Modern Art Museum in Bilbao, Spain The far side of the museum is quite different from the rest of the metal and glass building. I like the way it echoes and frames the pre-existing building in the background.
Frank Gehry's architectural design for the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, SpainThe building opposite mirrored and fractured it, something I suspect Gehry might have planned.The Bilbao Guggenheim mirrored in the building opposite (Spain) A gleaming bubble sculpture complements the sheen of Gehry’s design.The Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim in Bilbao with a sculpture of shiny bubbles in front Another outside sculpture of coloured chrome tulips.Chrome Tulips Sculpture at the Guggenheim Modern Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry.Supposedly you weren’t supposed to take photos inside the museum, something everyone ignored judging by the number of cameras going off.
The interior space of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, SpainAt times the soaring interior was even more breathtaking than the exterior.
The interior space of Frank Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, Spain Richard Serra’s room-sized sculptures ‘The Matter of Time’ were custom-built for the Guggenheim. They all have some scientific elliptical formations that are disorienting to wander around in. Richard Serra's sculpture 'Matter of Time', custom-built for the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, SpainI obeyed the signs that said not to take photos but Al didn’t – here is a model for one of the Serra sculptures.
Richard Serra's model of the sculpture 'Matter of Time', custom-built for the Guggenheim modern art museum in Bilbao, Spain The booklet detailing Serra’s room-sized sculpture and a film playing on multiple screens in the new space dedicated to the moving image.
Booklet detailing the main room-sized sculptures and music film playing at the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art in BilbaoSome more thoughts about what to do in Bilbao from Jessica, a friend and longtime resident of the north of Spain:  Obviously, in Bilbao you’ll have to visit the Guggenheim. You might be able to find a hotel that includes entrance to the museum in the reservation, because then you don’t have to wait in line to get tickets.

Anyplace you go will have great food and just walking around the old town is fun. There’s a famous ice cream place that has really strange ice cream flavors (like calamari in its ink, bacalao, etc.) alongside the regular chocolate and vanilla, if you’re feeling adventurous.

More on our October 2014 trip to Northern Spain.

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8 responses to “Guggenheim Modern Art Museum in Bilbao, Spain

  1. It’s amazing and I am so glad someone created this building as a piece of art. The metalwork reminds me of the new Titanic museum in Belfast if you have ever been or seen photos.

    • I have been to that museum in Belfast and have over-photographed it just like this one. Not sure who the architect was though. Gehry’s buildings are pretty widespread and having seen this one and another in Rioja I am now planning to stalk his buildings! There’s one in Seattle just to the south of us and another in Panama so those may be my next destinations…

      • Very cool idea. And yes they may be over photographed but who cares? They are great iconic buildings! I feel like there should be one in Iceland or Norway or something too. It would fit right in.

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