The Bilbao Fine Arts Museum is one of the most important museums in all of Spain, thanks to its great artistic breadth and chronological depth.
This museum has more than 10,000 items that were donated over the years by artists, after holding their exhibitions at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum in Spain.
The museum’s collection is classified according to the era from which the artistic pieces date, divided into ancient art, modern art, contemporary art, and Basque art.
This arose through the union of the Bilbao Museum inaugurated in 1904 and the Museum of Modern Art inaugurated in 1924.
As the years went by, the collections grew in value beyond the commercial worth of the works. The artistic and cultural value of the museum’s content is priceless.
As a public cultural entity in the region, it has the responsibility of keeping, exhibiting and preserving its own collections and maintaining the good services that they can provide to the public.
All this has the purpose of encouraging the public to develop a taste and admiration of the arts, and to promote study and enrichment of their knowledge.
The Museum opened its doors for the first time in 1914 despite the fact it was built in 1904 for the purpose of modernizing Bilbao and providing an artistic center in the Basque region.
Due to the war, the original building of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum was totally damaged. Although the artistic works that were inside it were salvaged.
In contrast, the Museum of Modern Art did not share the same fate. The works in it were expatriated and recovering them was not easy.
Finally, in 1945, the construction of a building was completed that would house the two museums and all the artistic works that were in both.
Currently the museum has more than 10,000 artistic works divided as follows; 1,500 paintings, 400 sculptures and 6,500 works on paper at least and a thousand applied pieces.
The museum has always had a special interest in the paintings and creations of the “Spanish School of Painting”, especially the Greek one.