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. The Exhibitions
You may currently visit the following temporary exhibitions:
On the second floor and gallery 105 visit the exhibition The Art of Our Time, featuring significant works such as Wall Drawing # 831 (Geometric Forms) (1997) by Sol Lewitt (Gallery 208), Only with Wind, Time, and Sound (Nur mit Wind, mit Zeit und mit Klang) (1997) by Anselm Kiefer (Gallery 209), Wall City (Ciudad muralla) (1995-2000) by Miquel Navarro (Gallery 202), and Earth’s Skin (2007) by El Anatsui (Gallery 105),
Visit the exhibition on the third floor, Niki de Saint Phalle, which features works such as Diana’s Dream (LeRêve de Diane) (1970) (Gallery 302), Leaping Nana (from Nana Power) (1970) (Gallery 303), and Pirodactyl over New York (1962) (Gallery 307).
(Floors 3, 2 and gallery 105)
6. 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)