Fascinating Art for Families

Welcome to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao!

The Museum building is amazing! Also, it houses fabulous, fascinating works of art, which will make you feel things that will make your museum experience more rewarding!


Red Arches / Arku gorriak
Arcos Rojos

Red Arches / Arku gorriak

Access the Museum, walk across the Atrium, and come out on the terrace. Turn round to face La Salve Bridge: you will see Daniel Buren’s monumental sculpture Red Arches / Arku gorriak.

A bridge runs through Red Arches, which makes Buren’s work rather unique. How was it created? Buren designed a huge vertical piece perpendicular to the bridge, cutting three circles out of it.

Red Arches is a sort of gateway into or out of the city center. How do you think you would feel if you were standing under its massive red structure?

Daniel Buren, Red Arches / Arku gorriak, 2007
Compact laminate sheets, aluminum, galvanized steel, PVC film, clear Plexiglas, LEDs, and metal halide projectors
Modified structure: 57.5 x 27.85 x 2.17 m
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Bourgeois L  Mamá Maman 1999 scaled


Exterior, next to the estuary

Maman is a giant bronze spider with long, slender legs. It is a sculpture by French artist Louise Bourgeois.

Why is this sculpture’s title Maman? Does it really remind you of a mother? The artist’s mother was a craftswoman: she wove tapestries, just like spiders weave their webs. So the piece is a tribute to her.

When you leave the Museum, come close to Maman and get underneath her. Now look up: what can you see? Why do you think the artist chose to make her spider this way? How do you feel standing between the spider’s towering legs?


Louise Bourgeois, Maman, 1999
Bronze, marble, and stainless steel
927 x 891 x 1023 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Rising Sea
El Anatsui

Rising Sea

Gallery 304, 3rd floor

African sculptor El Anatsui is famous for his fascinating metal sculptures. But how does he make his works? It is a difficult, burdensome process, indeed, collecting recycled aluminum pieces, flattening and twisting them, and then stitching them together using copper wire. And he does all this with the help of his assistants, so it really is the result of teamwork!

In his works, El Anatsui shows his concerns about climate change. Rising Sea is suggestive of how the sea level may rise and cover coastal areas, making them disappear. So the message seems to be, “Let’s take care of the planet!”.

How does this silvery rising sea make you feel?


El Anatsui, Rising Sea, 2019
Aluminum and copper wire
800 x 1400 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Like Beauty in Flames
Like Beauty In Flames

Like Beauty in Flames

3rd floor balcony

Jenny Holzer uses words in her art to talk about feelings, private thoughts, and secrets that you would usually whisper into someone’s ear. But Holzer seems to say all these things out loud, so that everyone can listen!

Come to the balcony, but do it carefully. Ask the adult you are with to download the mobile app for the digital work Like Beauty in Flames.

What is this work made of?

In Like Beauty in Flames, Holzer resorts to augmented reality to create elements that “talk” to the Museum building from its surroundings. In addition, there is a third component that can be activated from anywhere in the world!



Jenny Holzer, Like Beauty in Flames, 2021
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Rauschenberg R Barcaza Barge 1962 63 scaled


Gallery 303

Robert Rauschenberg was an American artist who used articles and ads from newspapers and magazines in his work as a glimpse of life in America. He also included his own photographs. Can you identify them in this painting?

Being almost 10 meters in width, Barge is Rauschenberg’s largest silkscreen painting. It is a monumental work in black, gray, and white. Why do you think the artist chose not to use any other colors?


Robert Rauschenberg, Barge, 1962–63
Oil and silkscreen ink on canvas
208 x 980.5 x 5.2 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

ARTETIK: From the Art

ARTETIK: From the Art

Hallway next to gallery 303

How do you feel when you look at a work of art? ARTETIK: From the Art is a digital experience you cannot afford to miss!

Pick your favorite work of art from the Museum Collection, or a work that has caught your eye, then select the emotion you associate this work with, and see the result. Fascinating!

Experience the art from the Museum Collection and share your emotions! You can also explore other works arousing feelings of fascination in the viewers.

ARTETIK: From the Art is a project carried out by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Google Arts & Culture.


This is the end of your tour. We hope you have enjoyed the experience! The works in this tour are but a few examples of fascinating art. There are many more, of course. Just follow your own path around to spot others, and feel the attraction of art. See you again soon!

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