1. History of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Designed by the architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is an outstanding example of groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. We recommend that you begin your visit by browsing through the materials on the history of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao project and the construction of its building available on the Guggenheim Institutions video screens and at the computer stations in this room.
(Floor 1, Zero Espazioa)
Measuring 50 meters in height, the Atrium is located in the heart of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and is a critical feature of Frank Gehry's architectural design. (Floor 1, Atrium)
3. Richard Serra's The Matter of Time (1994-2005)
Richard Serra's permanent installation The Matter of Time (1994-2005) is one of the most emblematic works in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao collection. The artist recommends the following itinerary:1. Pause right after you enter Gallery 104 ArcelorMittal for a partial view of the installation.
2. Take the glass elevators to the balcony on the second floor for a panoramic view of the entire group of sculptures.
3. Return to the first floor and stroll around the sculptures as you like, choosing your own path. (Floor 1, Gallery 104 ArcelorMittal)
4. Indoor Site-Specific Works
Site-specific works by contemporary artists engage in dialogue with spaces both inside and outside the museum's Frank Gehry building, and are an important component of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao collection. Jenny Holzer's Installation for Bilbao (1997) is located on the first floor, between the Atrium and Gallery 103A. (Floor 1)
5. Film & Video
The Film & Video gallery of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a permanent space dedicated to video art and the moving image. The Visitors (2012) by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson is currently on view. A nine-screen, multichannel video installation, The Visitors documents a musical performance staged at historic Rokeby Farm in upstate New York, where the artist has been a frequent visitor since 2007. Kjartansson assembled a group of friends to help him produce this work, including several musicians from his hometown of Reykjavik. (Gallery 103)
6. The Exhibitions
You may currently visit the following temporary exhibitions:The new presentation from the Collection, entitled The Art of Our Time: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collections, occupies the entire Museum. Following a loose chronology that takes visitors from significant paintings by Kandinsky (on the third floor), through important examples of European Informalism and American Abstract Expressionism (on the second floor), until the art today (on the first floor), the exhibition features some of the most important movements and works of the 20th and 21st century through works from the Permanent Collections of the Guggenheim Museums.
(THROUGHOUT THE MUSEUM)
7. Outside the Museum
From the riverfront terrace, next to the Atrium, you can see how well the museum is integrated into its urban setting, due to both the materials from which it was constructed and to its relationship with the surrounding buildings and structures. The exterior of the museum serves as the venue for site-specific works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao collection, displaying works by artists Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, Eduardo Chillida, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya. (Plaza, Riverfront Terrace)