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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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Sala Rekalde

Created in 1991 by the Provincial Government of Bizkaia, Sala Rekalde is located on Rekalde Street downtown Bilbao. Initially, this Exhibition Hall was the leading art venue in the city from the second half of the 20th century onwards. It put on exhibitions by internationally renowned artists, including the first public presentations of the Guggenheim Collection. To complement this function of opening up towards international art in the pre-Guggenheim period, Sala Rekalde opened another locale, called “Rekalde, Area 2” and located in an industrial building in Alameda Mazarredo Avenue, where contemporary Basque art was exhibited.

When the Guggenheim Museum was opened in 1997, however, Sala Rekalde was forced to reinvent itself, as the new museum was to become the space in for the type of exhibitions that Sala Rekalde had been specialising in up until then. So, from that point on, Sala Rekalde shifted focus towards contemporary art, focusing on exhibiting works of a more experimental nature and on artists whose work is still being evaluated.

Interior Sala Rekalde

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