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Have an unforgettable experience at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, visiting the exhibitions and taking a look at the building’s amazing architectural features. Use all the tools and services available to make your experience more rewarding.

Zero

Lobby

You can begin your visit at Zero, a new gallery whose visual language and striking set design deliver a world-class immersive experience. Located in the lobby, Zero welcomes all visitors, offering a multi-sensory approach to the history of the Museum and its surroundings, the building designed by Frank Gehry and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Permanent Collection. Limited capacity.

Sala ZERO | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Atrium

1st floor, Atrium

The Atrium, more than 50 meters high, is the beating heart of the Museum and one of the central spots of Frank Gehry’s design. It also makes a wonderful venue for cultural activities and events.

Interior del edificio, Atrio | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

The Matter of Time

1st floor, gallery 104

The Matter of Time (1994–2005), a unique permanent installation by Richard Serra, is one of the icons of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection. The artist advises visitors to come into gallery 104 for a partial view of the installation, then take the glass elevators (limited capacity) to the 2nd floor for a panoramic view from the balcony, and then come back to the 1st floor using the titanium elevators (limited capacity) or the stairs next to 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. You cannot afford to miss it!

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

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La Materia del Tiempo | Richard Serra | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

The Otolith Group. O Horizon

Film & Video

O Horizon, the film installation by The Otolith Group—a collective formed by Kodwo Eshun (1968) and Anjalika Sagar (1966)—takes us to Visva-Bharati campus in West Bengal, India.

Visva-Bharati is a public university founded by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, which takes an environmental, multidisciplinary approach to learning, centered on contact with nature, the connection with the transcendental, and art. O Horizon invites us to think about the importance of preserving both nature and culture.

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Conversación con artista Otolith group

Jean Dubuffet: Ardent Celebration

1st floor, gallery 105

A reflection of the artist’s innovative spirit, the works of Jean Dubuffet are the result of experiments with unorthodox methods and materials: sand, enamel, plaster, asphalt, cardboard, aluminum foil, foam rubber, etc., used to make surfaces with a patent material quality.

Throughout his life, Dubuffet challenged the canon and the rules of art, inviting the viewer to rethink beauty and to celebrate even the world’s most trivial things.

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Dubuffet

Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture

Motion. Autos, Art, Architecture is an exhibition of cars and their evolution as icons of technical innovation into real works of art.

The exhibition begins in Gallery 202 with the origins of the automobile and then moves up to the second floor, where visitors will find popular car models and iconic designs – and even a few gems of engineering.

In the galleries, the cars are accompanied by artworks, photos, and drawings that illustrate the impact of the automobile on art, architecture, and design.

Christo
Wrapped Volkswagen (Project for 1961 Volkswagen Beetle Salon), 2013
(Project 1961)
Collage graphic with original Volkswagen covered in fabric and hand-overpainting
55.8 cm x 71 cm
Ed. Nr.: L/XC + 160 + 50 AP + 15 HC
Galerie Breckner
© Christo, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2022

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Christo

Site-specific works (Museum interior)

1st floor, Atrium

Site-specific works made by contemporary artists in dialogue with both the interior and the exterior of the building designed by Frank Gehry, make a significant part of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection. Gallery 101, adjacent to the Atrium, houses Jenny Holzer’s Installation for Bilbao (1997).

Jenny Holzer
Installation for Bilbao , 1997
Electronic LED sign
Site-specific dimensions
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

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Bar Guggenheim Bilbao

Plaza

If you need a break or a snack, you can go to the Guggenheim Museum Bar, next to the Bistro, in the Museum plaza.

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Museum exterior

Exterior

The riverfront terrace offers views that show how the Museum is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding cityscape in terms of materials (glass, titanium, limestone) and connections to the buildings and structures nearby.

Moreover, the exterior of the Museum is perfect to install site-specific and permanent works, such as those created by artists Louise Bourgeois, Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, and Fujiko Nakaya, which belong to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection.

Anish Kapoor
Tall Tree & The Eye , 2009
Stainless steel and carbon steel
1297 x 442 x 440 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

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El gran árbol y el ojo | Anish Kapoor | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Restaurants

Restaurants

The Museum affords two world-class culinary experiences, at the Nerua Guggenheim Bilbao, an haute cuisine restaurant, and the Bistro Guggenheim Bilbao, a restaurant wrapped in a more informal atmosphere.

Interior del restaurante Nerua | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection

3rd floor, galleries 301, 302, 303 and 304

On the 3rd floor, you can visit Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Collection, and contemplate some relevant works from these holdings, such as The Renowned Orders of the Night (Die berühmten Orden der Nacht, 1997), by Anselm Kiefer (in gallery 302) or Metaphysical Box by Conjunction of Two Trihedrons. Homage to Leonardo (1958), by Jorge Oteiza (in gallery 301).

Anselm Kiefer
The Renowned Orders of the Night (Die berühmten Orden der Nacht), 1997
Acrylic and emulsion on canvas
514 x 503 x 8 cm
Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

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Las célebres órdenes de la noche | Anselm Kiefer | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Store-Bookstore

1st floor

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.

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