Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao.
The Museum Guggenheim Bilbao, built by the North-American architect Frank Gehry, is an example of the architecture of avant-garde of the XXe century. With its 24.000 m2 of surface, including 11.000 intended for the exposures, the building sets up as a tempting window for the art which is exposed there. Inside the visitor reaches the Atrium, heart authentic of the Museum. This open big space, to curved volumes, connects the interior and the outside of the building thanks to large walls in curtain of glass and a large zenith canopy. The three levels of the Museum are organized around this central Atrium. In addition to the space devoted to the artistic exposure the Museum has a room of orientation for the visitor, an auditorium of 300 places, a cafeteria, a restaurant-bar and a gourmet restaurant with a Michelin star.
The permanent collections of Guggenheim include works belonging to the Foundation Solomon R. Guggenheim, itself formed by the Museum Solomon R. Guggenheim of New York and by Peggy Guggenheim Collection of Venice, the works acquired through the control program of Deutsche Guggenheim of Berlin, and the clean collection of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. All these collections offer, as a whole, a complete prospect for visual arts of the XXe century.