Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Report on the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao on the occasion of its inauguration. Conceived by Frank Gehry, who was inspired by Fritz Lang's film Metropolis, this museum is a collection of all art of the XXth century and is funded by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which will be in charge of the exhibits and will present its New York and Venice collections. Also, interviews with architect Frank Gehry and with Thomas Kreinz, who is the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Opened on the 17th of October 1997 in the city of Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum wants to bring together the collection of important works in the domain of modern and contemporary art.
Financed by the Basque government, the General Council of Biscay and the American Guggenheim foundation, the museum also aims to restore the prestige of a weakened region by terrorist acts and economic and industrial crises. To further establish the cultural influence of the museum, its creation was entrusted to the American architect Frank Gehry, designer after Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis) and of the Dancing House in Prague.
The result takes the form of a structure in glass and waving titanium, ingeniously designed to capture and allow the light to penetrate the exhibition rooms. Over 2500 works from the 20th and 21st centuries make up the collections and attract, 10 years after its opening, over a million visitors per year. Thanks to this flow of tourists, the Basque country has been able to come back with dynamism while offering a popular cultural centre of reference.