You have to see the Guggenheim: and keep on seeing it, at different times of the day, on different days. It always looks different. As a work of art it's a masterpiece. As an art-gallery, it fails. Here, form does not follow function.
On the outside it overshadows both the (not small, or un-noticeable) Jeff Koons' "puppy", nor the equally impressive spider of Louise Bourgeoise, "Mam". Inside, despite two excellent shows, we fely constantly aware of the building. The cafeteria has to adapt to the constraints of the building; and there's only a tiny card/souvenir corner.
So, go see it, look at it but only go inside if the show interests you.
Fondest memory: Walking along the riverside (opposite the old town) in the evening, gazing at the varying styles, shapes and sizes of the buildings on the opposite bank (and admiring the Spanish families doing the same thing - but much more animatedly!)..
Since the Guggenheim Museum opened in Bilbao in 1997, the city has lived a real hype, attracting the attention of tourism and architecture publications worldwide and, in many ways, putting it in the map of global destinations. This single building has taken the so-called spectacle architecture to its major expression: other buildings before had been elevated to the category of icons of the 20th century and even become recognizable visual and symbolic images of the cities in which they are located (the Opera House in Sydney, or the Sears Tower in Chicago, to name just two); but never before had an entire city been subdued and absorbed by a single building, at least from the point of view of the attention attracted at a global scale.
The museum was not only the biggest piece in the project that envisaged the reinvigoration and revamping of Bilbao, it was also the major propeller for that process: the revenues and the hype brought by the building have more than compensated the investment and have fuelled many other projects that have finished by transforming the entire city.
Since then, many other cities have tried to have their Guggenheim and obtain the same effects with notable pieces of spectacle architecture: they have sought the biggest, or the tallest, or the most emotionally moving, or the most outrageous. Many of them have indeed reached a big impact worldwide, but never to a scale that allowed for the transformation of an entire city. The Guggenheim effect is and will probably remain unique.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao open its doors in 1997.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao represents one of the most significant constructions of the century and, according to the Financial Times, 'a sign of the new image of the capital of Vizcaya'.
Fondest memory: The Guggenheim Museum was designed by world-famous architect, Frank Gehry.
Guggenheim Musseum, this part of Bilbao has changed a lot since I left.
I like this photo, as it was a little dificult to do it, as there were some constructions on my side, and i did not expect to get so nice pic! ...
GUGGENHEIM BILBAO MUSEUM
The Basque Administration and .The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation opened on Sunday 19th October the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum to the public.
The official inauguration of the Museum was on 18th October by the King of Spain.
Tne Museum is dedicated to the European and American Art of the 20th century and was designed by Frank O. Gehry.
Favorite thing: The Guggenheim skyline is a real icon of the city. Since it was built Bilbao has experienced a rebirth that has turned a grey industrial city into a major touristic and cultural spot.
Favorite thing: Take time inside the Gugenheim to stand on one of the raised walkways and look down.. the shapes, the light and the movement within in this building are incredible.