Lighting revamp for the Guggenheim in Bilbao

THE LIGHTING system at the iconic Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim in Bilbao has been completely revamped.

The Guggenheim museum was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry in the deconstructivist style

The imposing building of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has stood on the banks of the Nerviòn since 1997.

Its spectacular architecture, and the modern and contemporary artworks it holds, have transformed the city in Spain’s Basque region into an art lover’s paradise.

To keep the priceless artworks from the museum collection, including artists like Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer, Robert Rauschenberg and Eduardo Chillida, as well as the 2020 temporary exposition of Olafur Eliasson, El Anatsui, and Wassily Kandinsky, in their original condition and to display them appropriately, the lighting system has now been refurbished.

There are no less than three Guggenheim museums around the world, placed in in New York, Venice and Bilbao.

The museum was designed by architect Frank O. Gehry in the deconstructivist style, a modern, avant-garde style of architecture characterised by slanting walls, intersecting building elements and sloping or rising ceilings.

The impressive 9,000 square metre exhibition space holds works of art in the form of paintings, sculptures, installations and video art – predominantly masterpieces of the 20th century.

Following the refurbishment of the lighting system, the exhibition spaces have been given a new lease of life.

The traditional lighting technology has been replaced with LED lighting throughout, and it has achieved new levels of efficiency and light quality.

To meet the museum’s technical and financial requirements, Zumtobel developed a custom-made product that can be used as a wallwasher, spotlight, very narrow spotlight and projector.

The wallwasher spotlight has a uniform light distribution throughout combined with colour rendering  of Ra96.

Additional spotlights – which are UV- and IR-free – come in three colour temperatures, 3000K, 3500K and 4000K, showcase the artworks. In addition, a special filter can be used to create diffuse light and oval light distribution.

With the help of rotationally symmetrical Fresnel lens optics available as 6 degree and 8 degree versions, the narrow spotlight offers precise, sharply contoured lighting.