By Christian L. Wright
You could spend a day at the Guggenheim, the titanium flower that grew out of an industrial wasteland and sparked this city’s regeneration in what is known as the Bilbao Effect. Never mind getting lost in Richard Serra’s maze of rusty steel, “The Matter of Time”; a world of modern and contemporary art awaits (such as Motherwell, Anish Kapoor, Jenny Holzer). Make use of the excellent, often droll audio guide that comes with admission. Even if, say, fog as a sculptural medium is not your thing, there’s people-watching to rival Times Square.
By Herbert Muschamp
If you want to look into the heart of american art today, you are going to need a passport. You will have to pack your bags, leave the U.S.A. and find your way to Bilbao, a small, rusty city in the northeast corner of Spain.
By Alab Riding
Just months from its inauguration, with one work of art in place, several interior walls unfinished and the entrance plaza slippery with mud, the spectacular new Guggenheim Bilbao Museum designed by Frank O. Gehry is still something of a work-in-progress. Yet already, it seems, the $100 million building has won the hearts of many inhabitants of this industrial port city in Spain's northern Basque region.