Koons & Basquiat for less than € 200

 

Barcelona can be your point of departure for a flying-visit to Bilbao Guggenheim Museum for less than €200.

Go along with us… start booking your flight and hotel in any travel platform like e-dreams and choose one cheap package to fly directly from Barcelona to Bilbo. Last minute offers are around 100€.

In the same Wi-Fi session, get the tickets for the Guggenheim Museum. “Artean” is a joint admision ticket for the Guggenheim  and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum that entitles adults willing to visit both museums to a discount. Current fee is € 14.

(From July 3 until September 27 2015, a supplement of 4 euros will be applied at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao).

Your travel day, take the bus from Plaça Catalunya-El Prat airport for 10€ round trip ticket. Take tickets in the same aerobus.

Flight estimated duration is 60 min. In Bilbo airport you have a shuttle to the city for 1,5€ (paid in the bus). Get off at the first bus stop, Gran Via street. Turn around yourself, you’ll be in front the Guggenheim Museum and some steps up from the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao.

 

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The Building designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao building represents a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking 20th-century architecture. With 24,000 m2, of which 11,000 are dedicated to exhibition space, the Museum represents an architectural landmark of audacious configuration and innovating design, providing a seductive backdrop for the art exhibited in it.

Altogether, Gehry’s design creates a spectacular sculpture-like structure, perfectly integrated within Bilbao’s urban pattern and its surrounding area… (Lern more here http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/en/the-building/)

If you’ve planed your visit from summer to autumn 2015 , the exhibitions on view are:

Jeff Koons: A retrospective (until September 27, 2015) and Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now’s the time (until Novemmber,1 2015).

Koons, one of the most celebrated artists of our time, is the creator of Puppy thant stands at the museum’s entrance.

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The unique, unmistakable, innovative work of Jeff Koons has made him one of the most prominent figures of the art of our time. Lacking the aura of inaccessibility that surrounds other contemporary works of art, his instantly recognizable creations appeal to the general public and draw on countless art historical sources, such as Surrealism, Pop Art, and Dada. Koons has a unique style that allows seemingly contradictory concepts to coexist harmoniously in his work.

 

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The oeuvre of Jeff Koons is a statement of self-affirmation, his paintings and sculptures invite us to reassert our individuality and flout certain taboos and conventions that box us in, limiting our role in society. Koons uses art as a wake-up call, a driving force of social change. The false luxury of some of his pieces, achieved by using industrial materials made to look deceptively lavish, and his references to well-known archetypes make viewers feel comfortable with their own cultural history.

The other exhibition is JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT: NOW’S THE TIME

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (b. 1960–d. 1988) was one of the most revolutionary artists of the 1980s. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Basquiat possessed intelligence and artistic skills, which his mother encouraged since he was very young.

His fame grew with exhibitions throughout North America and Europe, and he quickly became a prolific artist and a cultural celebrity. Whenever he had visitors in his studio or at home, he would paint as they talked, listened to music, or watched television, using the ideas around him as inspiration for his art.

Basquiat broke new ground in contemporary art. His innovative artistic approach continues to inspire artists and raise critical questions today. In a single painting he would reference a number of ideas through symbols, images, or text, which would sometimes have direct relationships, and sometimes would not. Basquiat translated his environment onto the canvas without defined narratives, challenging viewers to think critically about the world around them

 

 

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If you’re on lunch time there, we recommend you the GROSLY BAR http://iwannagothere.com/eating-drinking-in-bilbao/bar-grosly/10160

one of the last old flavoured bars in Bilbao. Emilio, the owner, is not especially cute or polite but authentic, and you can eat some of the best meat and fish sandwiches of Bilbao, for no more than 20€

In the afternoon you can eat the best “pinchos” (less than 10€ pp) of the city in PIKATA http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187454-d8319931-Reviews-Pikata-Bilbao_Vizcaya_Province_Basque_Country.html

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And in the meantime don’t miss to perambulate the compact Casco Viejo, Bilbao’s atmospheric old quarter, wich is full of charming streets, boisterous bars and plenty of quirky and independent shops. At the heart of the Casco are Bilbao’s original seven streets, Las Siete Calles, which date from the 1400s.

The 14th-century Gothic Catedral de Santiago has a splendid Renaissance portico and pretty little cloister. Further north, the 19th-century arcaded Plaza Nueva is a rewarding pintxo (Basque tapas) haunt. There’s a lively Sunday-morning flea market here, which is full of secondhand book and record stalls, and pet ‘shops’ selling chirpy birds (some kept in old-fashioned wooden cages), fluffy mice and tiny baby terrapins. Elsewhere in the market, children and adults alike swap and barter football cards and old stamps from countries you’ve never heard of; in between weave street performers and waiters with trays piled high. The market is much more subdued in winter. A sweeter-smelling flower market takes place on Sunday mornings in the nearby Plaza del Arenal

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The day after, before going back to Barcelona, visit The Museo de Bellas Artes houses , a compelling collection that includes everything from Gothic sculptures to 20th-century pop art. There are three main subcollections: classical art, with works by Murillo, Zurbarán, El Greco, Goya and van Dyck; contemporary art, featuring works by Gauguin, Francis Bacon and Anthony Caro; and Basque art, with works of the great sculptors Jorge de Oteiza and Eduardo Chillida, and strong paintings by the likes of Ignacio Zuloago and Juan de Echevarria.

As good as the permanent collection is, it’s the temporary exhibitions (see the website for upcoming exhibitions) that really draw the crowds. Exhibitions in 2014 showcased Japanese art and hyperrealism.
Flying back Barcelona, take your time to save all what you’ve seen, breath and taste. Probably one indelible art escapade for less than 200€ to enjoy Koons and Basquiat as never again.

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