Thursday, July 3, 2014
A visit to Bilbao's iconic art museum
We continued up the coast passing beautiful, white sand beaches with very few people on them and more quaint seaside villages. Finally, we arrived at our destination, Bilbao and the Guggenheim. It was like walking around the Enterprise, very modern, very spaceship and a bit disorienting.
Starting on the top floor we wandered around the strange Yoko Ono exhibit Front and centre was a video of jiggling bottoms, some quite unattractive. The other artwork that sticks in my mind is two condoms half filled with water mounted on a board. I did go closer to check it was water and not some remnants of John. You never know. Many of the pieces dated back to the sixties.
We enjoyed the music video made by several people in a house in upstate New York. Each of the nine big screens showed one of the musicians playing his or her instrument in a different room, including one man in a bathtub playing his guitar. It was a fun exhibit. But by now the rain had started so we waited it out for a while in the little cafe enjoying the view of the giant floral cat outside the Guggenheim.
Dinnertime took us to a restaurant near the hotel. They must really eat late in Bilbao, since we were the only people there at 9 o'clock. However, one table of twelve women soon arrived followed by another table of eighteen. This was quite fascinating to us as one young fellow was dressed in a purple satin outfit with a few holes in it, a matching cowboy hat and a feather scarf. It looked like it was a family and friend affair but we couldn't figure out if this was a birthday party or maybe a "coming out" party. I wish we found out before we braved the elements to return to our hotel.