Sail the Iberian Peninsula - 2019

BILBAO

The only thing we knew about this city is that the amazing Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art somehow landed here back in October of 1997. The Canadian/American Architect, Frank Gehry was given the responsibility of designing something different, iconic and beautiful to help revitalize the depressed and sad city in the Basque region of Spain. The city and government of the province guaranteed the funding and Frank Gehry delivered a wondrous piece of architecture for the price of 89 million dollars. Incredibly the project came in on time and under budget. And within 3 years of its opening, the museum had completely paid off the debt due to the huge numbers of tourists during that time. Words are really inadequate to describe such a huge and different building—all immense curves and titanium cladding to reflect light—centered around an enormous round atrium with 11,000 square feet of exhibition space. Most of the installations are very large and some critics feel that smaller items like paintings, smaller sculptures and art objects are lost in the immensity. That may be true, but we didn’t miss concentrating on smaller art pieces because the big ones are so captivating and overwhelming.

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