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  • Writer's pictureEllen Cheshire

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Updated: Sep 3, 2023


The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry opened in 1997. When the fishing industry in the city of Bilbao in the Basque region of Spain began its decline some forward-thinking local big wigs began to consider what could be done with the former port area that would help revive the city's economy. The result is the most spectacular work of architecture that recouped its build costs in just four months from increased tourism to the area. Attracting major (and vast) art works from leading contemproary artists, filling both the internal and external space, such Jeff Koons's large flower sculpture, Puppy and Louise Bourgeois' Spider.

I know there are 1,000s of images of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao out there, but here are a few more from my visit on Monday 28 August 2023. The weather was changeable and as the clouds passed, sun came out or showers fell so the building changed as it was designed to work in sympathy with the weather and environs.












A mirroring of design in the internal and external spaces.

At one end of this bridge is the Guggenheim, and across the river at the other end is this impressive street art.





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