The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with David Hosking - Context Travel

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with David Hosking


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The Guggenheim Bilbao has been called "the greatest building of our time" (Philip Johnson). But, how did the Guggenheim Bilbao come about?

Hear about how this remarkable work of architecture came into being, what's inside, and the relationship between the building and the city of Bilbao in this seminar. This presentation introduces the third permanent Guggenheim Museum, including background on the decision to create the museum. If Guggenheim means art, what does Bilbao mean? Find out a little about the Basque city, and how the building and Bilbao have grown together.

The webinar talks about some of the characteristics that make the building unique, from its metallic sheen to an unusual relationship with the site. It also covers some of the names linked to the building, from the original Guggenheims -Solomon and Peggy- to the architect, Frank Gehry, who said of his museum that "it put Bilbao on the map, and I guess it put me on the map."

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, David Hosking, this interactive seminar will cover the past and present of the Guggenheim Bilbao. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of this remarkable museum.

David, originally from Scotland, has been living and guiding in Bilbao and northern Spain for many years. David is a published art historian, professional art educator and translator (he translated into English one of the standard guides to the architecture of Bilbao). He has a particular interest in the way the architecture of a city can tell its story, and has a passion for this endlessly curious part of the world.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.