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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.




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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.

Bilbao’s international reputation as a benchmark for transformation is linked to its commitment to culture as a driver of economic development. On this occasion, the Dutch teachers enrolled in the Master of Education in HKU Arts University in Utrecht, are particularly interested in Bilbao’s cultural model and the use of art and cultural innovation in education .

Among the scheduled visits are Harrobia Eskena – Innovation Center in Stage Production of Bilbao- and Auzo Faktory Irazabal-Matiko. Other visits of the delegation will be the Bilbao Art Foundation and the Zwap Centre (Zorrotzaurre Art Work in Progress). Dutch art teachers will complete their stay in the city with visits to the Guggenheim Museum, the Euskalduna Palace and the DigiPen video games school, among other places of interest.