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

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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.

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

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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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