|Louise Bourgeois' Maman, The Spider of Guggenheim|
|Frank Gehry's masterpiece - The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao|
|Jeff Koons' gigantic puppy at the entrance of the museum|
|I love this wooden menu at the Museum's bistro|
|lukewarm terrine of spider crab, chive cream and tomato and hazelnut vinagrette|
|Salad of roast beef stuffed with lettuce and mustard with piquito pepper emulsion|
|Creamy rice with stewed baby squid (love the wings drawn with strokes of black squid ink)|
|Roast lamb with pumkin puree and a trace of coffee|
|Roasted pears, hazelnut sand with fresh milk ice cream|
|fluid chocolate souffle with frozen ice cream|
|My favourite surprise at the end of the meal - a wooden box of sweet things|
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened on October 19, 1997 to much fanfare. Designed by Californian architect Frank Gehry, its limestone, glass and titanium building is truly one of its kind. It all came about when Bilbao, the fourth largest city in Spain was embarking on an ambitious redevelopment plan in the 80's and an avante garde museum was a big feature in it. The concept materialized in May 1991 when an agreement was signed between the Basque Government and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Known around the world for its world class museums, the Guggenheim name is found in New York, Venice, Berlin, Dubai and now Bilbao.
The museum serves as a catalyst for development in this former warehouse district of Bilbao. The form and structure of the building leaves one in awe as no modern building in recent times has come close to its grandeur and scale. The titanium plates ( the same material used for the construction of aircraft bodies) give a shiny vision of a science friction metropolis and with installation art surrounding it such as Louise Bourgeois' Maman : The Spider of Guggenheim, the illusion is complete. As if to soften the hardness of its image lies a kitsch installation art at the entrance - a gigantic puppy designed by Jeff Koons.
The Guggeheim museum specialises in post war modern art pieces and one of its highlights in its vast gallery space - the permanent collection of Richard Serra's installation "The Matter of Time," a cornerstone of the museum's collection that features works by Constantin Brancusi and Richard Serra. It is a pity that photography is not allowed within. I only managed to take pictures of the artistically arranged food at the Museum's bistro.