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GUGGENHEIM

COLLECTION

From its inception in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s acquisition program has focused on art from the mid-20th century to the present,complementing the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s renowned holdings while establishing its own identity. Its collecting approach includes acquiring singular examples and signature worksby leading postwar and contemporary artists; commissioning new, site-specific artworks that respond to the particular space in and around the Frank Gehry building; andrepresenting work by modern and contemporary Basque and Spanish artists in order to preserve and bring global attention to their vital cultural heritage.

THE BUILDING

The GuggenheimMuseum Bilbao, designed by North American architect Frank O. Gehry, is a magnificent example of the most groundbreaking architecture to have come out of the 20th century. Thebuilding itself is an innovatively designed architectural landmark tha creates a seductive backdrop for the exhibition of contemporary art.THE MILLAU VIADUCT

The Millau Viaduct (French: le Viaduc de Millau) is a large cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southernFrance. Designed by the structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest vehicular bridge in the world, with one mast's summit at 343 metres(1,125 ft) — slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower and only 38 m (125 ft) shorter than the Empire State Building. The viaduct is part of the A75-A71 autoroute axis from Paris toBéziers. It was formally dedicated on 14 December 2004, inaugurated the day after and opened to traffic two days later. The bridge won the 2006 IABSE Outstanding Structure Award.
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