Curiosities of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has become the great tourist and cultural reference of this city, and really from all over the Basque Country. Since its opening in 1997, he alone attracts many of the visitors of the capital of Biscay. And of course, none is indifferent to this construction, which in many cases has been considered a gigantic sculpture.

The Guggenheim Museum next to the estuary

Guggenheim Museum - Iakov Filimonov /

To understand some of the curiosities of Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, one of the first data to consider in your location. The building is located on the banks of the Nervión estuary, that crosses the heart of Bilbao.

And not only that, but where this cultural temple stands today, until a few decades ago there was an industrial area, that over time it was abandoned until it became a depressing and depressed lot.

However, all that changed with this construction, which integrates the estuary itself in its design, since, depending on where you look at it, it may seem like a beached ship. However, if we are lucky enough to fly over Bilbao and look at the Guggenheim Museum from an overhead point of view, then it will seem like a gigantic metallic flower.

A museum like a spaceship

Detail of the exterior of the museum - Eric Baker

The parallel between the Guggenheim Museum and spacecraft goes beyond its futuristic forms. The truth is that its architect, Frank O. Gehry, when designing the building used software that is used in the aerospace industry and at NASA. Thanks to this computer program, sufficient precision was achieved to create this property dominated by curved lines.

To that we must add the materials chosen for the work. There are traditional materials such as steel or glass, but all this is used to support a curious skin of titanium sheets, about 33,000. With it the avant-garde character of the museum is reinforced and at times it becomes a gigantic mirror that reflects the Bilbao atmosphere.

«Cities have to have icons. Libraries, hospitals, museums. Within 100 years, people will see them and say: 'What is that?' And he will think: it is art. »

-Frank O. Gehry-

New York Guggenheim brother

Guggenheim Museum - Michael Jones /

During decades, The emblem of the wealthy Guggenheim family was the museum named after Solomon Guggenheim and that is located on the island of Manhattan. A museum designed by one of the great architects of the twentieth century, Frank Lloyd Wright. That is, it is another museum where architecture is an important part of the visitor's cultural experience.

You could not think that nothing would take center stage in this New York museum located on Fifth Avenue. But nevertheless, since the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao opened its doors it has become another symbol of that surname, So linked to the art world.

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao at the cinema

Following the relationship with the New York museum, the Guggenheim in Bilbao has also become a film museum. Sale, for example, The world is never enough, from James Bond.

But not only does it appear in films of major American or European studios, he also does it in several Bollywood blockbusters, so the typical dances of this Indian cinema are set in the museum.

The works of art of the Guggenheim Museum

«Puppy» - Carlos Reusser Monsalvez /

The truth is The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao was born as an immense cultural building. That is, unlike other great museums in the world, I was not going to have an exceptional collection of art inside. But instead, he was going to lend his space to develop top-level cultural events and various artistic disciplines.

However, the Guggenheim Museum also permanently treasures some impressive works of art. We could cite several, but we will name two of the most spectacular. One would be Puppy, the gigantic dog made of flowers that has been welcoming visitors for more than 20 years.

Y Another outstanding work would be the Snake of the American sculptor Richard Serra. A work that due to its size had to be located before the museum itself was concluded. But also, years later, the same author made another seven gigantic works that accompany her today in room 104 of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, a huge space that is about 130 meters long.

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