Guggenheim Museum Bilbao Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

The modern and contemporary art museum in northern Spain features exhibitions organized by the Guggenheim Foundation and artwork from the permanent collection of the Guggenheim museums. 

Celebrating Art in a Groundbreaking Space

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

General Operations

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened its doors in 1997 through a partnership between the Basque Institutions and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, the museum's sculpture-like building — made of titanium, limestone, and glass — has been hailed as a feat of modern and deconstructivist architecture (though Gehry rejects that second label). The mesmerizing edifice, which looms large as Bilbao's most iconic structure, sparks a conversation with the modern and contemporary art exhibitions that are showcased within its walls.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao serves as part of the Guggenheim Network, which allows it to access holdings from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (slated to open in 2025). Through this network, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao can share resources, exhibitions, and collections while offering an compelling view of modern and contemporary art.

GRoW Support

2022

General Operating Support