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Viva Espana: Not Just Soccer, but Art Too

Juxtapoz // Friday, 23 Jul 2010

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

“This museum is a stunner. The Guggenheims know how to get down. Their Bilbao branch has Frank Gehry's curvy metal architecture, which he compared to a crate of loose bottles, and one of Louise Bourgeois's largest spider sculptures crawling towards the river outside. Her spiders are about the childhood fears grown-ups are afraid to express -- a giant spider rising out of a river was doubly terrifying and awesome.



“My hotel was across the street from the museum and I nearly fainted when I saw Jeff Koon's Puppy towering outside the back door. I'd heard of this enormous Terrier made of flowers and knew he'd been exhibited in Bilbao, but had no idea that the locals loved him so dearly, they'd adopted him permanently. Judging from the museum shop's postcards, I think Puppy was at his best, most flourishing, colorful state this month. He looked greener in the past. That dog was only the beginning. A two-story Jenny Holzer LCD text installation and The Matter of Time, the most amazing Richard Serra steel sculpture I've ever wound my way through, blew my mind on the first floor, along with classy galleries of important works by Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Yves Klein, and James Rosenquist, among others. There was a Robert Rauschenburg exhibition of nearly a hundred found metal collage sculptures called Gluts (the delicate Poached Summer Glut was lovely), and a solo exhibition of work by Anish Kapoor, another mind bender.”



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