Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Shining titanium ‘fish scales’, patchwork golden/beige granite and clear, clean glass make this a building full of light and reflections. It’s organic, wonky and wonderful. I loved it and must go again. I have a collection of photographs and will let them speak for the building as I wander through it. I’ll just add a bit here and there.
We approach from the riverside path and look across at the tiles shining in the morning sunlight. The idea for such a cladding, came to Frank Gehry from his youth, when he had big, pet fish in an aquarium and used to stroke their shiny scales in the water.
The spider, called Maman, is an exhibit which can be found around the World. I first saw it at the Tate Modern Gallery. It’s by Louise Bourgeouis.
The canopy over the outside terrace is cantelevered, free-standing, and supported on one, central pillar.
Once inside, you can look out from nearly every space, either across, up or down. The only enclosed rooms that I remember, were those with painting exhibits in them. I didn’t look into many, not liking those that I did see, and so I remember with more alacrity, the outside-inside spaces. The glistening floor: the shimmering titanium: the buff-coloured granite tiles and walls: the shining reflective glass and the wonky doors and walls…wonky but working to perfection.
It was perhaps close to my idea of Paradise; space, shining cleanliness; freedom to wander wherever and always a different perspective. It gave to me a whole new way of looking UP, AROUND or ACROSS and even THROUGH. I absolutely revelled in it and still revel in the memory of it. The building was full of visitors, but not suffocatingly crowded; I felt by myself; yet with someone who was equally attuned and thus, at one with it.
The large gallery on the ground floor is permanently filled with an art work by Richard Serra, called, “The Matter of Time”. We walked around the coils of curving walls, enclosed, released, entrapped then let go again. It was a sensory delight within a sensory delight.
Outside on the canopy shaded terrace, yet more shiny art work, this one a frivolous and delightfully tactile thing called “Tulips” by Jeff Koons, who was also responsible for a colossal…..but I get ahead of myself.
From the terrace, views all round outside, with the reflections coming this time, from water: always there were reflections.
Lynnette was enjoying at all too!
Back inside and ready for more…..this tour is not for the faint-hearted. J
Looking down, even the doors were wonky!
There is so much more meandering inside to do, but I am going outside now to a huge surprise exhibit, also by Jeff Koons, and one which I think that all gardeners over the World will find extremely lovable.
Go out and look up ahead… climb the steps…..
Walk around slowly…..
That’s what I call flower power!
Isn’t he gorgeous!
Just when I thought it couldn’t get much better… just when I was sad that we had to leave that wonderful building until the next time I didn’t know when… Puppy popped up and reminded me of the beauty of growing flowers and sensitive souls.
I love the Guggenheim Museum Building in Bilbao.
Anne ….. October 2013.