The vast, twisting spaces designed by the architect Frank Gehry have placed Bilbao squarely on the tourism map. The museum has been considered such a success, attracting tourists and their money from all over the world, that cities throughout Spain have tried to emulate it, inviting other renowned architects to create splashy modern art museums in hopes of repeating the so-called Guggenheim effect.
But the museum's metallic glow has been tarnished in recent months by accusations of financial mismanagement that has cost it millions of euros. The Basque regional parliament has convened a special session next week to decide who is to be held politically accountable for the problems.
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