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Express Tour

If you do not have much time, choose the main artistic and architectural features today at the Museum to make the most of your visit.

Interior del edificio, Atrio | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa


1st floor, Atrium

Climb your way up to the third floor. The balcony opposite gallery 304 affords breathtaking views of the Atrium–the beating heart of Frank Gehry’s architectural design.

Offering a different perspective on the works of Jenny Holzer, El Anatsui, Sol LeWitt, and Lucio Fontana, among others, it also gives an insight into the interesting dialogue between art and architecture within the building.

The Matter of Time
La Materia del Tiempo | Richard Serra | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

The Matter of Time

Balcony, 2nd floor

Go up to the second floor of the Museum and take a look from the balcony opposite gallery 204. You will get a panoramic view of the eight monumental sculptures that make The Matter of Time (1994–2005), a permanent installation by Richard Serra. The sculptures posed a huge challenge in terms of both manufacturing and installation, as they were impossibly heavy and yet quite fragile, as they were made of towering weathering steel sheets. It took state-of-the-art technology to make them.

Richard Serra
The Matter of Time , 1994–2005
Weathering Steel
Dimensions variable
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

June Crespo. Vascular

June Crespo. Vascular

March 1-June 9, 2024

The exhibition dedicated to June Crespo (1982) includes both recent and site-specific works, created by the artist for Gallery 105 of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In this open-plan space, June Crespo. Vascular invites us to explore the relationships between sculpture, museum architecture, and our physical presence in the gallery.

Crespo’s sculptures undergo transformation in several stages along the creative process. Vascular, for instance, began as a scan and 3D print model, then was scaled up using molds for the pieces in bronze or concrete.

Many of Crespo’s works show traces of the industrial processes they have undergone. In fact, some are displayed on lift platforms or work benches, or they are fastened with the straps normally used to move or handle heavy sculptures. On the other hand, the presence of textiles or clothes belonging to the artist introduce a touch of color and warmth, in contrast to the coldness of industrial materials.

Vascular (5), 2024
Curved checker steel plate and rugs
150 × 300 × 293 cm
Courtesy the artist
© June Crespo, Bilbao, 2024
Image © FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa. Photo Erika Barahona Ede