The jauntiness of Bilbao: Guggenheim Museum and caroling Basques

Picnic at the Cathedral

Bilbao is just right: budget friendly, full of lively contemporary architecture, a handsome old town, decent public transportation and of course a spectacular museum





I’d really hate to be a pig in Spain.  This isn’t even a specialty store–just a regular grocery and your choice of hanging pig legs.


The Zubizuri (that’s White Bridge in Basque) designed by Santiago Calatrava.  Calatrava also designed Bilbao’s airport terminal.



Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, opened in 1997.  The architect says the titanium-clad structure was inspired by swimming fish.

My favorite thing about contemporary art is the excitement.  I have this sense of discovery and surprise at the new way that artists are using materials (especially time-based arts—I looooove contemporary performance.)   While I enjoyed my visit to the Guggenheim Bilbao, I didn’t have that feeling of discovery here.  The collection is mostly from the 90’s and almost all works I’ve seen before.  The building can’t be…

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