Of course the main tourist reason for going to Bilbao is the famous Guggenheim museum,
which rates right up there with all the other over-rated rip-offs of
"It looks like a ship...", yes and so
do ships; your point being?
The art inside is so
pretentious as to be beyond pretention. Great slabs of rusty
steel "containing space". Serra claims to be redefining
sculpture; I think he is taking the piss.
To be fair, the Guggenheim has fulfilled its primary purpose as a
cultural catalyst in the regeneration of the former shipyards, to
the extent that the "Guggenheim effect" has a phenomenon named after
it and I do rather like the groovy shape and shiny cladding. I
suspect that my principle reason for an initially jaundiced reaction
was their paranoid prohibition on photography of the equally groovy