Museo des Bellas Artes de Bilbao
Euskadi - País Vasco, Spain
The Museo des Bellas Artes de Bilbao / Bilboko Arte Ederren Museoa (Bilbao Fine Arts Museum) is a museum with a collection of more than 8,000 artworks from the 13th century to the present day.
Although not world-renowned like the Guggenheim Bilbao, the Museo des Bellas Artes is a very interesting art institution with an impressive collection.
Housed since 1945 in a neoclassic building, the museum has been enlarged and renovated in 2001 after a design by architect Luis Uriart.
The museum houses a permanent collection sorted into chronological galleries: Romanesque and Gothic art, Renaissance and Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, and Classicism, from Romanticism to Impressionism, and Basque artists. Modern and contemporary galleries are located in the new building, together with temporary exhibition spaces.
The museum collections are quite diverse, and includes works by Vredeman de Vries, De Vos, El Greco, Gentileschi, Ribera, Zurbarán, Van Dyck, Murillo, Bellotto, Goya, Gauguin, Cassatt, Sorolla, Zuloaga, Gutiérrez Solana, Lipchitz, Delaunay, González, Bacon, Chillida, Tàpies, Saura, Lüpertz, Kitaj, Blake and Miquel Barceló; among many others.
The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum organizes temporary exhibitions, educational programs for adults and children, guided tours, and special events. At the museum, a shop, a cafe, and the “Arbolagaña” restaurant are available to the visitors. The museum is wheelchair-accessible.
Photos: cover by Roberto Latxaga (CC BY 2.0), 1 and 2 by Samuel Negredo (CC BY 2.0), 3 by Francisco Restivo (CC BY 2.0).
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The Guggenheim Bilbao is a museum of modern and contemporary art and an iconic building designed by architect Frank Gehry in the Basque city of Bilbao
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