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Bilbao's commitment to artistic expression is intimately tied to the shift in the model of urban and economic development.

Not only is the Guggenheim Museum able to attract the most sophisticated contemporary art shows, but both the Fine Arts Museum and Bilbao Arte Foundation have also displayed a spectacular renewal, promoting programmes to produce and disseminate art of all types.


Art in the street

Wandering around Bilbao, one can enjoy works by artists who let their imagination fly, turning the city into a veritable open air museum.

Such artists as: Salvador DALI, Eduardo CHILLIDA, Jorge OTEIZA, Miquel NAVARRO, Manolo VALDES, Jeef KOONS, Louise BORGOISE, Vicente LARREA, and many more, offer a fresh and novel perspective to a number of sites around the city.


Urban Equipment

This section covers urban elements such as benches, litter bins, tree grates, street lights, bollards, bus-stops, signage, and so on.

Discover the city's identifiers, which more often than not go unnoticed.



The concept of design is so wide and varied that sometimes the boundary between art and other artistic disciplines becomes very thin, or even non-existent.

With design as its leitmotiv, this section is intended to be a hodgepodge of topics.


Bilbao Art District

Bilbao Art District is born, a joint initiative of the galleries, museums and art major agents of the city, with the participation, support and cooperation of the City of Bilbao and the Provincial Council of Biscay.


September 2011

Kiefer en el Museo de Bellas Artes

09|27|11 - 01|08|12. Room 32.

Anselm Kiefer (Donaueschingen, 1945) is the most internationally acclaimed German artist at work today. Both cultured and complex, his work evokes the collective memory of his countrymen while serving him as a way into his own personal introspection.
The book of the seven celestial palaces (Sefer Hechaloth) returns to what, since the 1980s, has been one of his habitual touchstones: Hebrew spiritual literature and, in particular, the Cabbala. Read more

(Español) Cena de gala solidaria de la mano de la Asociación de Restaurantes Santurtzi Gastronomika

(Español) La Asociación de Restaurantes Santurtzi Gastronomika celebrará su Cena de Gala Solidaria anual el próximo 14 de Octubre. Los fondos recaudados irán destinados a la Asociación de Padres de Niños con Cáncer, ASPANOVAS-BIZKAIA. Read more

La tercera edición de Ikas-Art llega en noviembre al BEC

After the success of the first two editions, the Encounter has grown and become more open with new participants and more international faculties taking part. 

Any Fine Arts faculty or other educational and research institution can take part. Each university will select the students and works to be featured at the exhibition. These students will represent their faculty at the Encounter. Read more

Bilbao se presenta como destino turístico y comercial en Pamplona/Iruña

(Español) Bilbao se convertirá desde el jueves 29 de septiembre y hasta el sábado 1 de octubre en protagonista de la acción promocional puesta en marcha por Bilbao Dendak, Bilbao Turismo y Bilbao Air, mediante la cual se instalará un stand promocional de la ciudad de 30m2 en Iruña, en el centro comercial. Read more

Nueva Edición del programa cultural “BLV – ART”

(Español) Un espectáculo audiovisual en la Plaza Corazón de María inaugurará el próximo 6 de octubre una nueva edición del programa cultural “BLV – ART”. Organizado por el Área de Cultura y Educación, este programa vanguardista y vinculado a las formas de expresión artística más urbanas, forma parte del Plan Especial que apuesta por la Cultura como elemento tractor para la rehabilitación de Bilbao La Vieja, San Francisco y Zabala. Read more