Guggenheim-Museum Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of art of Modern Art in Bilbao in the Basque Country. It has an exhibition area of ​​11,000 m² and shows both a permanent exhibition as well as external exhibitions. The museum is one of seven Guggenheim museums in the U.S. Foundation Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.


The an oval -like building is located at the estuary of the River Nervión in downtown Bilbao. Architect is the Canadian- American architect and designer Frank O. Gehry. The design concept was launched in 1993 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The foundation stone was laid in the same year. The building was completed in 1997 and is famous for its deconstructive architectural style. The construction took four years. The building was constructed in both the planned construction time and within budget. The construct was previously calculated using the CAD software CATIA. The Guggenheim Museum is one of the main sights of the city. In 2001 it received the " Outstanding Structure Award" of the IABSE. Derived from the museum building and its influence on the city is the term Bilbao effect.

Guggenheim is made of glass, titanium and limestone

Sculpture Puppy (puppy ), Jeff Koons in front of the building


Fog of Fujiko Nakaya installation and piece of La Salve Bridge

Detailed view of the titanium plates the museum wall

The museum's architecture is characterized not only by organic, but also by geometric shapes

The museum with pond, La Salve bridge and " Tulips " by Jeff Koons


The focus is on the 20th century, which is also part of the permanent exhibition of contemporary art. Objects are less paintings and sculptures as installations, video art and the like.

For the tenth anniversary was shown from June 26 to September 9, 2007 prints by Albrecht Dürer from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, which then showed the exhibition.

For visitors informed the museum's director, that the expected opening annual 600,000 visitors were exceeded in every year. For the tenth anniversary of 2007, the ten millionth visitor was welcomed, the number has now leveled off at 1 million annually, of which 60 % from abroad. The museum is next to the undoubtedly great cultural enrichment for Bilbao and the whole region of Northern Spain also an economic success, which has created several thousand jobs. Following the revaluation of the city of Bilbao Effect was named.

On 7 March 2008 the work Music of the Spheres by British composer and musician Mike Oldfield was first performed with the participation of Hayley Westenra in front of invited guests at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. A recording of the concert is added since March 17, available on iTunes and since November 2008 the limited version of the studio album.