Monday, 5 January 2009

Spanish caravan

A lovely sunny day so after our first visit of the year to the eglise St Jean de Baptiste (Basque is definitely my preferred language for singing) we headed across the border into Spain and onto Bilbao.

The Guggenheim Bilbao really is a special place. Aside from the wonderful art (there is a Cy Twombly exhibition at the moment) the building is majestic, well done Mr Gehry. It reminds me of a 21st century Barbican, most people hate it and bemoan the excessive uniformity but both are superb examples of architecture expressing the sentiment of the time as well as adopting innovative use of space. I love both buildings.

Visiting with two year old Anna enabled us to spend most of our time running around the mammoth 'Matter of Time' installation by Richard Serra. The disorientating effects of sight and sound as you explore the art are exceptional and I defy even the most ardent anti-modernist not to enjoy the experience.

Basque of the day:- artwork :: artegintza