Guggenheim, Bilbao. FRANK GEHRY. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is the benchmark of Canada-born Frank Gehry's career. In 1997, this jaw-dropping structure transformed an unknown industrial Spanish town that had fallen on hard times into an internationally recognizable destination. The Guggenheim Bilbao's colossal, titanium-clad dimensions grace the Nervión's riverbank like an ocean liner from a futurist's sketchbook, reflecting the building's graceful contours in the muddy water below.