Friday, October 4, 2013


Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa,
Spain is one of the most admired works of 
contemporary architecture and we couldn't wait to get there.
When The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation selected 
Frank Gehry as the architect they encouraged him to
design something daring and innovative.

The curves on the exterior of the building were intended to
appear random.
The interior is designed around a large, light-filled atrium
with views of Bilboa's estuary and surrounding hills 
of the Basque Country.

The exhibitions change often and we saw some
very impressive collections.  I though was 
more taken by the art  sculptures that are on the outside.
The Puppy by Jeff Koons was spectacular, as a friend commented
"the best bouquet ever."  It measures 40 feet high.

My next favorite "Tulips" also by Jeff Koons.
High chromium stainless steel with transparent
Color coating.

Could not pass up this photo opportunity
with my favorite person.

Next is "Tall Tree & the Eye by the Bombay
artist Anish Kaspoor. She used stainless 
steel and carbon steel.

Maman is a sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois.
It is a spider measuring over 30feet high and over 33 feet wide
With a sac contains 26 marble eggs.
The title is the familiar French word for Mother.

The following day we took a river cruise and were regions.
able to get to see the other side of the museum that
faces the River Nervion.  The randomness of the curves 
are designed to catch the light. It was a gorgeous  
sunny day so it did that beautifully.

The museum is seamlessly integrated into the urban context,
In the old industrial heart of the city.

The museum has become a popular tourist attraction,
drawing visitors from across the globe and helped to 
generate an economical boom to the city and region.
This was another exceptional highlight on this trip to Spain.

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