(We were in Bilbao years ago and visited the museum.)
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (1997)
The museum that changed a whole city: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao turns 20.
Twenty years down the line, the Guggenheim Bilbao remains a stunning design, a complex, sinuous and even sensual weaving of titanium, glass and limestone, a delightful play of mathematics and geometry and an urban eye-catcher on a bravura scale. Daylight plays off its writhing façade, illuminating dark granite and concrete Bilbao streets.
• Inside, its soaring outer galleries are given over to ever-changing art shows – they opened with a display of wild motorbikes – while a suite of ten strait-laced galleries at the core of the building houses a permanent collection of works by, among others, Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Paul Klee and Roy Lichtenstein.
• The museum on the banks of the Nervion River has become the Basque city’s landmark, drawing 20 million visitors to what was once a decrepit city. Visitors come for the art, but also to admire the Gehry building.
• Bilbao is located in the north of Spain, on the Bay of Biscay, an Atlantic gulf. From the 19th century up until the 1970s, it was the most important industrial seaport in the Basque Country.