Guggenheim

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. The arrows on the floor show the one-way route you must follow. Remember to keep a safe distance from the works (1 meter) and other visitors (2 meters).

 

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.

In gallery 104 you can wander about, taking a look at the sculptures or even finding your way into them. The arrows on the floor show the route you should follow.

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

Film & Video

1st floor, Film & Video gallery

The Film & Video gallery is dedicated to video art and motion pictures. It is currently hosting an exhibition by South African artist William Kentridge, open until fall (dates to be confirmed). A key figure of contemporary film and video installation, Kentridge works across a variety of media and disciplines–he is a draftsman, filmmaker, performer, animator, and stage designer.

In this installation, Kentridge uses nine screens to evoke film pioneer Georges Méliès, offer a dreamlike self-portrait, and represent the artist’s studio as a microcosm. When looking at 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès (2003), Day for Night (2003), and Journey to the Moon (2003, with original music by Philip Miller), you will feel you are in a movie theater.

William Kentridge
7 Fragments for Georges Méliès and Day for Night, 2003
Eight-channel HD video installation. Black and white, silent.
Collection Fundació Sorigué, Lleida
© William Kentridge, 2003
Image courtesy of Lia Rumma Gallery Milan/Naples

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Richard Artschwager

1st floor, gallery 105

This exhibition, curated by Germano Celant and open until August 23rd (dates to be confirmed), analyzes Richard Artschwager’s creative path from his early works from the 1950s to the 2010s. In his work, Artschwager shows furniture and utilitarian objects, and he uses newly invented industrial materials, like Formica or Celotex, and aluminum. Beyond categories and movements, and halfway between sculpture and painting, Artschwager’s work is monumental and humorous. The exhibition includes pieces from his series of Pianos, Structures and Exclamation Points (2008–12).

Richard Artschwager
Door }, 1983-84
Acrylic on wood, glass
Neues Museum Nürnberg
© Estate of Richard Artschwager, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2020
Photo: Annette Kradisch

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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. Service temporarily unavailable.

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. Service temporarily unavailable.

Interior del restaurante Nerua | Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa

Olafur Eliasson

2nd floor

On the 2nd floor, you can visit the exhibition Olafur Eliasson: In real life, open until fall (dates to be confirmed). Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is interested in individual perception, movement, bodily awareness and feelings. The exhibition shows about 30 works created between 1990 and 2020, including sculptures, photos, paintings, and installations. Among them are Moss Wall (1994) and Waterfall (2020), installed in the Museum exterior.

Lygia Clark. Painting as an Experimental Field, 1948-1958

3rd floor, galleries 305, 306, and 307

Galleries 305, 306, and 307 on the 3rd floor are holding until the fall of 2020 (dates to be confimed) the exhibition Lygia Clark. Painting as an Experimental Field, 1948–1958, showing the paintings and drawings produced by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark between 1948 and 1958, when she moved from figurative art to abstraction. It also includes three models that reveal her research into architecture.

A self-taught artist and a pioneer of art therapy, Clark gave great importance to education, and in her later years she was a professor at Sorbonne University in Paris, where she researched into sensory, participatory experiences and shared them with her students and the general public. To Clark, there was a close relationship between art and self-knowledge of both the mind and the body. For more information, go to the educational space designed to complement this exhibition.

Lygia Clark
The Violoncellist (O Violoncelista), 1951
Oil on canvas, 105.5 x 81 cm
Private Collection
© Courtesy of “The World of Lygia Clark” Cultural Association

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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.