A day at the Museum
Have an unforgettable experience at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, visiting the exhibitions and taking a look at the building’s stuning architectural features.
Explore the educational areas in each exhibition, where you will find a variety of tools including texts and reading sections, interactive software, videos, audio files, images, illustrations, and graphic resources. They will make your experience much more rewarding!
* Scan the QR codes in the galleries to get the audio guides on your mobile phone for a most enjoyable tour.
We suggest you start your tour of the Museum at ZERO, an immersive experience with a powerful visual language and an amazing design.
Located in the lobby, ZERO welcomes all visitors with a sensory approach to the history of the Museum and its environs, to the Frank Gehry–designed building, and to the Museum Collection.
1st floor, Atrium
The Atrium is the beating heart of the building, connecting the interior to the exterior. The walkways pumping visitors into or out of it offer new standpoints to observe the artwork on view.
The Matter of Time
1st floor, gallery 104
You can experience and activate time and space by wondering about The Matter of Time, an installation by Richard Serra (1994-2005).
Originally designed for gallery 104, this series of seven monumental sculptures posed a huge challenge in terms of both manufacturing and installation. The sculptures were impossibly heavy and yet quite fragile, being made of towering weathering steel sheets. It took state-of-the-art technology to make them.
At the far end of the gallery, there is an educational area where you can find scale models of the works on display and a video showing how they were installed, among other resources. Make sure not to miss it!
The Matter of Time , 1994–2005
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Site-specific Works (Museum interior)
1st floor, Atrium
Standing in dialogue with the interior and the exterior of the building designed by Frank Gehry, site-specific works by contemporary artists make a significant part of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection.
In gallery 101, by the Atrium, take a look at Jenny Holzer’s Installation for Bilbao (1997).
Installation for Bilbao , 1997
Electronic LED sign
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Bar Guggenheim Bilbao
If you need a break or a snack, go to the Bar Guggenheim Bilbao, next to the Bistró, in the Museum plaza.
1st floor, terrace
From the riverfront terrace you can see how the Museum is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding cityscape in terms of materials (glass, titanium, limestone) and how it connects with the surrounding buildings and structures.
The pond pays tribute to the Nervión estuary and its fundamental role in the development of the city of Bilbao. It also makes the perfect setting for artwork by Anish Kapoor and Yves Klein.
Going out from the Atrium, walk into the terrace and discover the works by Eduardo Chillida and also by Louise Bourgeois. You can also take a look at the pieces by Fujiko Nakaya, Daniel Buren, and Yves Klein, also installed outside, which are operated to become active at regular intervals.
Tall Tree & The Eye , 2009
Stainless steel and carbon steel
1297 x 442 x 440 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa
Works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection
The third floor houses Works from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection, a journey through some of the leading art movements in the second half of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, including works by renowned artists like Cristina Iglesias, Sol LeWitt, or Mark Rothko belonging to the Museum Collection.
The galleries on this floor had their skylights reopened for this exhibition, thus going back to their original designs.
The Museum affords two spaces with different culinary experiences: Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao, an haute cuisine restaurant, and the Bistró Guggenheim Bilbao, a restaurant wrapped in a more informal atmosphere.
The Museum Store/Bookstore offers a wide range of items, including design objects, exhibition catalogues, books, and all kinds of gifts. Discounts available for Museum Members. You can also buy from home visiting our online Store.
Giovanni Anselmo: Beyond The Horizon
Please bear in mind that, for conservation and safety reasons, you are not allowed to touch the art. Also, you must keep a safe distance from the works (about 1 meter). Thanks!
This tour of the exhibition Giovanni Anselmo: Beyond the Horizon was designed with the artist himself. It covers galleries 205, 206, 207, and 209 of the Museum.
Giovanni Anselmo (1934-2023) was one of the leaders of the Arte Povera movement, advocating a return to simple objects and messages in art, thus enhancing the art experience. However, his work is difficult to categorize. Similarly, the exhibition flows seamlessly from one work to the next, exploring the materials used, as provided by both nature – granite, cotton, anthracite – and industry – concrete, steel, methacrylate.
In his works, Anselmo goes beyond the representation of the landscape to present the energies of nature that govern the universe instead – energies that we cannot see but that determine everyday reality: gravity, magnetic fields, time, and so on.
Untitled (The Wet Cotton Is Thrown onto the Glass and It Stays There)
[(Senza titolo (Il cotone bagnato viene buttato sul vetro e ci resta)], 1968
Glass, cotton, zinc bucket, sack, and water
210 x 210 x 50 cm
The Sonnabend Collection and Antonio Homem, loan to
Fundacão de Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto.
© Giovanni Anselmo
Photo © Filipe Braga
Signs and Objects. Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection
The exhibition Signs and Objects. Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection can be seen in galleries 201, 202, 203, and 208.
In the 1960s, some of the artists living in the US began to show the interests and tastes of the emerging consumer culture in their work. James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and others drew on advertising, its elements and methods—bright colors, materials like vinyl, mass-reproduction techniques like screen-printing, etc. Other artists, such as Chryssa and Roy Lichtenstein, took signs and simplified graphic elements from comic strips and placed them in a new context, giving rise to different interpretations. Finally, the contemporary artists included in this exhibition offer current looks at such issues as advertising strategies, identity, and the material resources of art, updating some of the keys of Pop art.
Oil and Magna on canvas
172.7 x 142.5 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift of the artist, 1997
Photo © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. All Rights Reserved.