A symbol of the city, a world monument and a place that you have to get to know on any trip to the Basque capital; the Guggenheim – with its nooks and crannies, with its impossible shapes, with its views of the estuary – is one of the forms in which Bilbao expresses to the world that it is unique, different and special; A place where incredible architectural elements have come to life such as the one that is the star of our article today and in which there is no shortage of mysteries, legends and a lot of anecdotes.
Our goal for this new week in January is to tell you the meaning of everything that comes to life in the Guggenheim , those forms that – although they don’t seem to make sense, are the Bilbao museum’s key pieces. To get to the facility you will have less than 10 minutes if you take the Petit Palace Arana Bilbao as your starting point and just over 40 minutes if you choose the Petit Palace Tamarises.
A whim of Solomon R. Guggenheim
Few things in the Basque capital attract as much attention as the facade of the Guggenheim Museum, a sublime creation constructed with countless pieces of titanium of different shapes, sizes and designs.
Created by the architect Frank Gehry, the structure of the Bilbao museum is inspired by the shapes of the fish from the pond where the artist played as a child. Fish with curvilinear shapes and glimmering scales that have managed to fix themselves as if by magic on the beautiful façade of this outstanding work of art.
The story of the dog and the spider
If you have ever been walking near the Bilbao museum you probably couldn’t resist taking the typical photo of the giant dog and of the spider with long legs and intriguing shapes. These weren’t just erected to be photographed by tourists so what is the story behind these two figures?
Although it may seem that they are there “because they look good in that position” it made all the sense in the world to put these figures there since they are two very relevant pieces of modern art. The first one is the “Puppy” and it is a twelve-meter sculpture made with flowers and donated to the museum by Jeff Koons, an artist who loves kitsch.
Parisian Louise Bourgeois is the creator of the Guggenheim’s second external feature: a 10-meter spider made of marble, bronze and steel that she decided to give to the museum after being exhibited in it. It is something that is well worth photographing and sharing with the whole world using the free Ipad from the Petit Palace Arana Bilbao.