From 10-14 October, Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum will stage a light projection exhibition called ‘Reflections’. Rather than the exhibition taking place on the inside, it will instead be projected on the large metal exterior panels of the Frank Gehry-designed building.

The 20-min light show has been developed to celebrate the museum’s 20th birthday and will feature designs from celebrated artists such as Anish Kapoor, Jeff Koons and Louise Bourgeois. The metalwork will become reflective and spherised like Anish Kapoor‘s sculpture Tall Tree and The Eye, Louise Bourgeois‘ giant spider Maman, which will send its huge shadow skittering across the building and Jeff Koons‘ flower-covered Puppy, which will propagate flowers that bloom across the building‘s surfaces.

Leo Warner, director and founder of 59 Productions, which developed the show, said: “Reflections will send the Guggenheim Bilbao on a fast-forward journey through a whole year of weather and seasons with clouds whipping by overhead and delicate aurorae reflected in its tiles, subjecting it to burning sunlight and the lashings of violent thunderstorms. The curves and facets of the building will also be transformed into living organisms―the surface will become fish scales, bird plumage, crystalline facets, and rusted, decayed metal, before breaking down into digital particles as the driving musical composition brings us into the computer age.”

Light shows are increasingly becoming a key event on the calendar for global cities and often fill the event gap in the off-peak tourist season.


Bilbao, Biscay, Spain