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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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Un Comercio, una Obra de Arte

A year on, the third edition of ARTESHOP contest has been announced. This is an innovative initiative that reaches the harmonization of art and commerce in a single social interest and also in the same physical space: the city of Bilbao.

The aim of this project is to support the business activity of the city, offering a new and attractive experience for the people who enjoy a shopping stroll in Bilbao. It adds value to the already interesting trade offer of our city and, at the same time, an opportunity to promote the creative activity of the artists from Bilbao Arts Foundation and students from the Faculty of Fine Arts from the UPV-EHU.

From June 14 to 28, the artistic interventions may be visited in the 75 chosen commercial facilities in Bilbao. A renowned jury will select the three top entries. On implementing their interventions, students will be supported by ten artists from Bilbao Arts Foundation, who will exert a commissioning role work. These artists will also hold a joint coordinated exhibition in Mercado de la Ribera.

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