Guggenheim, Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of those buildings so dramatic, so distinctive, that it entirely overshadows the often wonderful works of art displayed within. Stepping inside to view the exhibits feels a little anticlimactic. The building itself stands as one of the prime examples of great modern architecture of the late 20th century. The dazzling complexities of the exterior, combined with …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

It’s entirely appropriate that this huge artwork – by the splendidly named French-American artist Louise Bourgeois – sits alongside Frank Ghery’s singular Guggenheim Building in Bilbao. They could have been made for each other. Arguably the pairing looks best at night time. The monstrous sprawling bronze spider – entitled Maman – measures some 30 feet high by 33 feet wide. …

Guggenheim, Bilbao

The Guggenheim building in  Bilbao is among Europe’s most iconic modern architectural creations. We mostly see images of it in daytime. So here it is at night lit up in all it’s startling finery. I feel a yearning for a return trip – when we’re allowed to fly again.