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Guggenheim Bilbao

Abandoibarra Etorbidea, 2, 48009 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

(34) 944-359-000

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Time in Bilbao can be measured BG and AG: before the Guggenheim and after its arrival. Frank Gehry’s swooping structure transformed this unremarkable industrial city – the Pittsburg of Spain – into the country’s hotspot for art and design. Other starchitects such as Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava have also added their touches to Bilbao’s streetscape, but none have had the impact of the Guggenheim. The museum’s permanent collection includes pieces from the mid-century to present, and a range of fascinating exhibits rotates through every few months. Still, the main focus on most visitor’s minds seems to be twofold: take a picture in front of Jeff Koon’s giant flower puppy that stands guard over the museum’s entrance, and enjoy a walk through a building hailed by many as the most important of the 20th century.

Written by Henley Vazquez

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