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The Guggenheim-Museum of Bilbao

The building by architect and designer Frank O. Gehry was completed in 1997 and is one of the most important, but certainly the most famous among the sights of Bilbao.

It is characterized by its "deconstructionist architecture" and is decorated with organic and geometric forms made of glass, titanium Foto and limestone. Gehry based these forms on feathers and scales from the animal world.

At a first glance, the Guggenheim Museum reminds a little of a ship Foto which stranded on the bridge Puente de la Salve while going upstream.

Outside the museum there are a sculpture of a spider by Louise Bourgeois, and the flower sculpture "Puppy" Foto of the US-American artist Jeff Koons, both of which also proved to be real crowd-pullers.
The Museum
The Guggenheim-Museum of Bilbao is one of seven museums of the US-American Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation which exist worldwide.

It has an exhibition area of 11,000 square meters and shows both a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of modern art from the mid-20th Century to the present.

The permanent collection consists mainly of exhibits of contemporary art, including works of David Salle, Chillida, Jeff Koons, Louis Bourgeois and Robert Rauschenberg.

The frequently changing temporary exhibitions not only show paintings and sculptures, but also often stagings, video art, and other manifestations of the artistic avant-garde.

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