Constructed between 1993 and 1997 by the prestigious North American architect Frank O. Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has converted into the most recognisable icon of its city, as well as an unavoidable reference in contemporary architecture, earning the admiration of experts and laymen alike.
The origins of the Guggenheim Bilbao, one of the most visited museums in Spain, go back to the start of 1991, when the Basque authorities got in touch with the Guggenheim Foundation to promote the creatioon of a contemporary art centre that would contribute to the revitalization of Bilbao, which was at the time in a deep crisis due to the decline of the industrial sector. The architect chose to carry out the project was Frank Gehry, who was already a recognised figure owing to his extensive professional career and his original style.
Demonstrating his strong artistic personality, Gehry devised the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao as a monumental architectonic sculpture inspired by the naval and industrial tradition of the city. The sinuous forms of the Guggenheim evoke the boats that sail down the estuary, while the titanium cladding on the exterior refers to the strong mining and iron and steel background of the Basque Country.
Gehry also took special care when designing the interior structure of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The architect organised transit within the building by means of a large central space in order that visitiors could design their own itinerary. Likewise, he created a large variety of rooms in order to hold all types of exhibitions. These innovative proposals, added to a very attractive itinerary, have made the Guggenheim Bilbao one of the best museums in the world.
These books dedicated to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao cover all the aspects related to Frank Gehry's most original work. Within their pages, you will be able to find out about the origins of the project, the revolutionary ideas and techniques used by Gehry and the economic and social impact that the building has had on Bilbao. Discover with Dosde Publishing books all the secrets of this architectural masterpiece.