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ABC. The alphabet at the Bilbao Museum

Paul Gauguin. “Washerwomen in Arles (Laveuses à Arles)”, 1888. Oil on canvas. 74 x 92 cm. (Art Room). © Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao

The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is celebrating its 110th anniversary with this exhibition that combines art and literature, and which can be admired by following an alphabetical itinerary through eras and masters throughout the history of art.

A new way of displaying the museum’s collection, providing a different way of looking at our renovated installations. This is the first activity of the exhibition to celebrate the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum’s 110th anniversary and also reopen the old building after refurbishments over the last few months.

Commissioned by the writer Kirmen Uribe, the exhibition replaces the normal criteria for organising exhibitions (chronological, by school or artist) with an extended alphabet of 31 letters. A letter in Basque, Spanish, English and French has been found for each of them, which is then used as a reference to select works of the collection displayed in each room.

General information

Oct 6, 2018 to Jun 2, 2019
Sculpture, Painting


Location and contact

Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts

Museo Plaza 2
48009 Bilbao
Vizcaya - Bizkaia, Basque Country
Telephone  +34 944396060
Fax  +34 944396145

Practical information


Wednesday to Monday

Does not close at midday

10:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Closing days: Tuesday


General: €10

Groups: €8

Retired persons: €8

Large families: €5

Children: Free admission

Free entry: open every day from 6 pm to 10 pm.


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