One of the reasons I came to Bilbao is to visit Guggenheim Museum. This museum intrigues me. Its building is a thing people either love or hate. Whatever your opinion is about this edifice, it is surely spectacular.
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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is one of the five museums/galleries from Guggenheim Foundation. They are located in New York USA, Las Vegas USA, Berlin Germany, Venice Italy and Dubai UAE. One museum is coming soon in Brussels, Belgium.
My friends and I bought the entry ticket online. I also read on its website that taking pictures in the museum is forbidden so I left my DSLR in the wardrobe. This is why I borrowed the picture above.
Inside the museum I planned to take pictures with my iPhone. Unlike most European museums which forbid DSLR with flash but allow smartphones and tablets, Guggenheim museum forbids photography with all kinds of camera in the expositions and permanent collections. The staff was very alert and firm in letting you know that photography is forbidden in some areas.
We strolled along the Nervión river from Casco Viejo. It took us about 20 minutes before we reached Guggenheim Museum.
Guggenheim museum presents its permanent collections and two exhibition in this massive building.
The main exhibition is from Brasilian artist Ernesto Neto, called “The body that carries me”. This exhibition is held from 14 February 2014 – 18 May 2014.
Neto’s work hangs in the spacious, light entry where taking picture is allowed.
Listening to the audio guide, there is a long explanation about the building. There is also an audio fragment of Frank Gehry, the architect, of how he came to the idea and started designing. This is a truly experience to those who are interested in architecture.
Ernesto Neto’s works
Pic is courtesy of Guggenheim Museum
Ernesto Neto uses rope, fabrics, nylon, balls in his artworks. He tells stories about his beloved Brasil, about the Amazon, the favela in Rio de Janeiro. I don’t always get his ideas without knowing the story behind it. Let’s say I find his works intriguing. I have been intrigued by people like him who are able to express deep ideas with unconventional materials.
Due to her marriage to John Lennon and things that come with it, I almost forgot that Yoko Ono is an accomplished artist. Her being an avant garde artist, way ahead her time attracted John. Yoko Ono’s exhibition: Half-a-wind show. Retrospective is present from 4 March 2014 – 4 September 2014.
Her works vary from audio, films, music and installation. No camera is allowed in the exhibition hall, so I have no pictures to share.
This is a wish tree where visitors hang their wishes. There hang many of them in different languages.
Other works of Miss Ono which are accessible for camera.
I understand Yoko Ono’s exhibition better than Ernesto Neto’s. Yoko Ono stirs the public with her shocking but subtle statements about big or daily issues, from War and Peace to Wishes. She uses objects we also have in our house, such as jars, fabrics, cushions. It seems very close but seen from afar, it is her world. That is how I put it. She seems to be misunderstood by the world, beside being one of the world famous widows.
The permanent collection is also interesting. On the basement there is a hall full of giant, deconstructed famous paintings. Deconstructed as the artist remade famous paintings but left some elements.
Compare it to the original The Raft of Medusa by Théodore Géricault, collection of Musée Louvre, Paris.
What I love about the building is Frank Gehry’s imagination. The lines stream effortlessly inside and outside the building.
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao triggers its visitors to explore the beauty of modern art with subjects close to our daily life. It is surely worth a visit. Now I can tick the museum list I want to visit.
Pics I share above are made with iPhone, unedited. Those which are from other sources are credited accordingly.