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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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Las columnas de Alhóndiga Bilbao

Guided Tours

From 15 February, AlhóndigaBilbao offers free guided tours in groups of up to 25 participants to learn in detail about each of the 43 columns. Invitations can be acquired at the Infopuntua information point.

43 Columnas

On sale on DVD

The DVA entitled «43 columnas a escena en Bilbao» (43 columns on stage in Bilbao) is on sale on the website ( and at the Shopa in AlhóndigaBilbao. It is a documentary lasting 52 minutes on the conception, realisation and placement of the pillars in the Atrium of Cultures. The work, directed by Leonardo Baraldi (son of Lorenzo Baraldi) and presented at the first Architecture and Design Film Festival in New York, enables viewers to appreciate the craftsmanship of the pillars and the importance of this great collective art exhibition which holds up AlhóndigaBilbao. The DVD is published in Castilian Spanish, Euskera, English, French and German.
Price: €18

Suggested links:

Flickr Gallery with photos of the 43 columns
Lorenzo Baraldi’s webpage with interesting galleries about the construction of the columns

Youtube video