08-04-2005

Frank O. Gehry. Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao. 1997

Frank Gehry,

Bilbao, Spain,

Museums, Guggenheim di Bilbao,

Steel,

Frank O. Gehry's Guggenheim has not only radically changed the look of an anonymous Basque town, it marks a milestone in contemporary architecture and a new way of viewing the relationship between the museum container and its content.



Frank O. Gehry. Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao. 1997 The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao's permanent collection consists primarily of European and American twentieth-century art.
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

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