"Must-see piece of art" Museums Tip by frenchderek

Museums, Bilbao: 7 reviews and 10 photos

Favorite thing: You have to see the Guggenheim: and keep on seeing it, at different times of the day, on different days. It always looks different. As a work of art it's a masterpiece. As an art-gallery, it fails. Here, form does not follow function.

On the outside it overshadows both the (not small, or un-noticeable) Jeff Koons' "puppy", nor the equally impressive spider of Louise Bourgeoise, "Mam". Inside, despite two excellent shows, we fely constantly aware of the building. The cafeteria has to adapt to the constraints of the building; and there's only a tiny card/souvenir corner.

So, go see it, look at it but only go inside if the show interests you.

Fondest memory: Walking along the riverside (opposite the old town) in the evening, gazing at the varying styles, shapes and sizes of the buildings on the opposite bank (and admiring the Spanish families doing the same thing - but much more animatedly!)..

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  • Written Apr 8, 2008
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