Located in the heart of Bilbao at the old harbor district along the Nervion River, the Guggenheim Museum itself is considered a master architectural work but it now stands as a pervasive statue, representing the transformation of Bilbao from a dirty, dying port to a thriving arts and culture district in just a matter of years.
Luckily for me I had an expert guide, a local, who went to university here before the transformation began. It was his testimony, along with the giant photo series along the lower walkway that demonstrated a true metamorphosis. And many will argue it all began with the construction of the Guggenheim.
Built in the mid-90’s by architect Frank Gehry, it is an official museum of the Solmon R. Guggenheim Foundation, built and funded by the Basque Government. As a sister museum to the New York Guggenheim Museum it too exhibits rotating works within the Guggenheim’s collection. Enter into the masterpiece of steel, glass, and concrete itself there is a series of exhibitions which stimulate the senses; paintings, sculptures, audio, visual, film, experimental experiences of space and physics, along with a collection of works that’s best left undefined - all coming together for a weird, thrilling and thought provoking experience.