Sculpture at the Guggenheim in Bilbao

Is the Guggenheim Museum NYC on your travel wish list? It’s certainly on mine.

But a close second, if New York is a step too far, is the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. We spent three days in and around Bilbao, admiring the architecture and savouring the sculpture.

Guggenheim Bilbao

The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (Spain)

Our trip happened to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the museum, so the queues of locals with free tickets didn’t subside all weekend. Thankfully I’d booked a Guggenheim package with the Gran Hotel Domine, so we were able to jump to the front of the queue – in addition to enjoying breakfast overlooking The Guggenheim every morning. It was worth staying there just for the view.

The biggest treat was seeing Richard Serra’s The Matter of Time installation:

Sculpture by Richard Serra

The Matter of Time by Richard Serra at The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The size of this rolled steel sculpture is impressive. Imagine having that much space to play with?

Rolled steel structure by Richard Serra

The Matter of Time by Richard Serra at The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

It was interesting to seeing how different age groups interacted with the imposing structures. I loved watching the small children playing hide ‘n’ seek, excited by the space inside the concentric circles. Adults walked more slowly, bemused by its sheer size.

Outside, in contrast to the matt orange of Serra’s work, Jeff Koons’ Tulips bloomed brightly against the titanium tiles in the autumn sunlight.

Tulips by Jeff Koons

Tulips by Jeff Koons at The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The primary aim of our visit was to visit The Guggenheim and appreciate the city’s art. We weren’t disappointed.

#ArtLoversTravels

^Vanessa