The museum stands on the left bank of the Ria Nervion, an attention-grabbing composition of irregular forms surrounded by installations which underline its expressive force.
One of these is a huge spider welcoming visitors at the foot of the entrance stairway. Another is a 12 metre high "Puppy" by sculptor Jeff Koons, covered with thousands of violets planted on its body.
The construction of the museum in an economically depressed part of the country has had a great impact on the area and made the Basque city a tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world.
Laura Della Badia