Guggenheim Bilbao

Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was founded in 1997 and it’s dedicated to modern and contemporary art.

Avenida Abandoibarra, 2

Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building represents a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. With 24,000 m2, of which 11,000 are dedicated to exhibition space, the Museum represents an architectural landmark of audacious configuration and innovating design, providing a seductive backdrop for the art exhibited in it.

Altogether, Gehry’s design creates a spectacular sculpture-like structure, perfectly integrated within Bilbao’s urban pattern and its surrounding area.

The museum was inaugurated on October 18, 1997, by former King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Built alongside the Nervion River, which runs through the city of Bilbao to the Cantabrian Sea, it is one of several museums belonging to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and features permanent and visiting exhibits of works by Spanish and international artists.

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Avenida Abandoibarra, 2

Upcoming Exhibitions
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life
The 30 artworks of "Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life" reflect on the way we perceive and understand reality.
14 Feb 2020 - 21 Jun 2020
Past Exhibitions
Riotous Baroque. From Cattelan to Zurbarán – Tributes to Precarious Vitality
The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao presents Riotous Baroque. From Cattelan to Zurbarán – Tributes to...
14 Jun 2013 - 06 Oct 2013
Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the Time
The exhibition features approximately 100 key works organized around the themes that inspired Jean-Michel...
03 Jul 2015 - 01 Nov 2015
Stories of History
The exhibition Stories of History compares and contrasts two important works from the Guggenheim Museum...
22 Jan 2013 - 26 May 2013
Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design, an exhibition...
30 Oct 2015 - 21 Feb 2016
Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells
“Space does not exist; it is just a metaphor for the structure of our existence.” Louise Bourgeois Louise...
18 Mar 2016 - 14 Sep 2016
Windows on the City: The School of Paris, 1900–1945
From April 22 to October 23, 2016, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents Windows on the City: The School...
22 Apr 2016 - 23 Oct 2016
Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Annunciation
From May 12 to August 28, 2016, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents the Spanish premiere of Eija-Liisa...
12 May 2016 - 28 Aug 2016
Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents “Francis Bacon: From Picasso to Velázquez“, an exhibition...
30 Sep 2016 - 08 Jan 2017
Albert Oehlen: Behind the Image
Albert Oehlen (b. Krefeld, Germany, 1954) is one of the most influential painters of the past few decades...
21 Oct 2016 - 05 Feb 2017
Fiona Tan: Disorient
Guggenheim Bilbao showcases a two-channel video installation the Indonesian artist Fiona Tan presented...
22 Dec 2016 - 19 Mar 2017
Pierre Huyghe: Untitled (Human Mask)
Born in Paris, France, 1962 and having studied at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris,...
30 Mar 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
Allora & Calzadilla: The tropical Pharmacy
“The Tropical Pharmacy” articulates three works in a cohesive set that has been specifically...
15 Mar 2019 - 23 Jun 2019
Jenny Holzer: Thing Indescribable
Curated by Petra Joos in close collaboration with the artist, “Thing Indescribable” is the...
22 Mar 2019 - 09 Sep 2019
Thomas Struth
Curated by Thomas Weski (Berlin) and Lucía Agirre (Curator, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao) the exhibition...
02 Oct 2019 - 19 Jan 2020