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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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Exposición: “Objetos Imposibles” de Jacques Carelman

09/27/2011 - 10/16/2011. AlhóndigaBilbao.

Info: AlhóndigaBilbao

This exhibition holds the work “Catalogue of Impossible Objects” by the painter, sculptor, illustrator, stage designer, and, fundamentally, self-taught French artist Jacques Carelman.

Carelman uses humor to create. He invents and imagines with great subtlety merging together the logical and the absurd and so deforming reality as we know it.

He both amuses and is amused, and he offers us a different and creative perspective of our daily life in the form of delicious examples of deliberately useless daily objects.

In 1972, the exhibition was presented for the first time in the Pavillon de Marsan in the Louvre Museum. From that moment on the collection has continued growing to reach 200 objects and 100 drawings. It has been visited by more than 2.500.000 visitors in different cities such as Paris, Barcelona, New York, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Hamburg, Madrid, etc.

In the artists own words, the philosophy of the collection is: “a criticism of our consumer society, to ridicule the necessity of the inhabitants of the big and rich western cities to buy things and shortly after to get rid of them again and so continue consuming. It is about de-idolizing the worship of things in our society.”

+ Info: La Risa de Bilbao