Malaga, a new mile of the museums


The capital of the Costa del Sol has become a referenced cultural destination thanks to its wide range of art.

In Malaga, there is art. And a lot of it. And not only for its people and traditions, but for the great works that can be found in its museums. A large number of important museums is what makes the capital of the Costa del Sol a new museum mile.

Undoubtly, Picasso is the great artist of Malaga. Recognized worldwide. In the city where he was born, you can enjoy the Museo Picasso Málaga (MPM), which since 2003 hosts a permanent collection of the artist as well as temporary exhibitions of Malaga-born painter and others. Other works include “Olga Khokhlova with a mantilla” and “Mother and Child.”

MPM will join the Fundación Picasso-Museo Casa Natal (Picasso Foundation- Home & Museum), located in the home of Picasso in the famous Plaza de la Merced. A standout item is the notebook with preparatory drawings for “Las señoritas de Aviñón,” books illustrated by the Malaga-born painter and other artists such as Miro and Chagall, engravings and ceramics, as well as a selection of original photographs taken of the painter.

But art in Malaga does not end with Picasso. The Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga (Carmen Thyssen Museum of Malaga) is one of the most visited since it opened in 2011. Its collection includes Spanish paintings, from the old masters to the nineteenth century. Among the authors are Zurbarán, Sorolla and Romero de Torres. The permanent collection is complemented by temporary exhibitions. The next will be “Carteles de artista. De Toulouse-Lautrec a Jeff Koons” (Posters of an artist. From Toulouse-Lautrec to Jeff Koons) from October 2 to February 21, 2016 and it will show the origins of an artist’s modern poster and how it became a means of expression.

Beside the river is the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (The Center of Contemporary Art of Málaga, CAC), standing out for its frequent exhibitions of world-class artists and its established permanent collection that covers the movements and trends of the twentieth century. The latest temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists D * Face and Shepard Fairey closed with an absolute success.

If we move to the fashionable area of Muelle Uno, we will find the Centre Pompidou Málaga, a subsidiary of the renowned Paris museum. For several years, it offers a tour of the selection of works from the Centre Pompidou as well as exhibitions, conferences and workshops. Among the most recognized names are Picasso, Chagall, Tàpies or Bacon.

The Russian Museum Collection also arrived in Malaga in 2015 and under the same premises as the Centre Pompidou. In this case, it brings to the city a collection from the Russian State Museum of St. Petersburg and it will be renewed annually.

Malaga’s museum offer is completed by the Museo Automovilístico de Málaga (Automobile Museum of Malaga), the Museo Interactivo de la Música (Interactive Music Museum), perfect to visit with children; Museo del Patrimonio Municipal (Municipal Heritage Museum); Centro de Interpretación Teatro Romano (Teatro Romano Interpretation Centre); Museo del Vidrio y Cristal (Museum of Glass); and Museo Félix Revello de Toro, as well as many others dedicated to the traditions and culture of Malaga, such as the Holy Week.


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