While famed modern architect Frank Gehry may have experienced a few hits and misses (namely, the Experience Music Project in Seattle) in his prolific career, one of his creations stands head and shoulders above the rest in terms of instant recognition: the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
While another of Gehry’s famous frameworks houses the Guggenheim New York, the Bilbao location is crafted in the style of Gehry’s self-described “liquid architecture,” and its idiosyncratic oneness with the Spanish city surrounding it somehow makes the structure sing.
The Guggenheim itself describes the space rather succinctly:
“Instantly hailed as the most important structure of its time, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has celebrated more than a decade of extraordinary success. With over a hundred exhibitions and more than ten million visitors to its credit, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has changed the way people think about museums, and it continues to challenge assumptions about the connections between art, architecture, and collecting.”
Housing modern works ranging from the mid-20th century to today, the space concentrates on post-war American and European art. Admission is 11 euro; the museum, closed on Mondays except for those in July and August, is easily accessible by bus, tram and metro.
In addition to Bilbao and Manhattan, the Guggenheim network spans Abu Dhabi, Berlin and Venice.
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