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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.


April 2015

Profesores de arte holandeses visitan Bilbao para conocer su modelo de gestión cultural

Knowing the management of Bilbao City Council in art and culture as the engines of economic and social development is the purpose of the visit of a Dutch delegation to the Basque city. It is made of seven teachers from different artistic disciplines, who will stay in the city until May 3 to know, ‘in situ’, the equipment and the artistic and cultural projects in Bilbao. Read more

Líderes latinoamericanos visitan Bilbao para conocer su modelo de gestión pública

A total of 11 delegates are visiting the city between April 27 and May 1 to promote cooperation and joint action in tourist, economic and cultural promotion activities with Bilbao, in collaboration with the various economic agents in Bilbao. Read more

El programa de visitas guiadas a edificios singulares se centrará este año en instalaciones industriales centenarias

Bilbao City Council will resume the guided torus to emblematic buildings of the city in May, an initiative that is part of the heritage program Bilbao IZAN. The activity started in 2010 and this year it will focus on centenary industrial facilities that once represented a landmark in the field of engineering.
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Tim Schafer asistirá a la Gala de los Premios Fun & Serious Game Festival, para recoger el Premio Honorífico 2015

Fun & Serious Game Festival, the biggest videogames festival in Europe has announced that the great storyteller of the videogame industry, Tim Schafer, has been awarded the Honorary Award, which he will receive on the Fun & Serious Awards Gala, on November 30 in Bilbao. Read more

Abierto el plazo de inscripción de películas para la octava edición del Bilbao Mendi Film Festival

Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, the film festival of mountain, adventure and extreme sports, has opened the registration for films that wish to apply to participate in the official section of its eighth edition, to be held in Bilbao from December 11 to 20, 2015. Read more