Malaga art galleries - Costa del Sol cultural attractions
Malaga, the capital of the popular Spanish Costa del Sol region, does not introduction as a beach holiday destination. Curious travellers to the Andalusian coast, however, often discover that Malaga’s tourist attractions span far beyond the beach resorts. The city is home to an impressive number of museum, most of them created over the last decade, in order to boost the tourism potential of the city. Although Malaga lost the bid to become European Capital of Culture 2016, the effort put in the city’s cultural revival is already showing results: Malaga is starting to be referred to as ‘The City of Museum's.
Below is the list of Malaga’s most popular art galleries.
Centre Pompidou Málaga
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 9.30 to 20.00, except for June 15 and September 15 11.00 to 22.00. Closes on 25 December and 1 January.
On March 28, 2015, Malaga welcomes a branch of the famous Parisian Centre Pompidou. The permanent and temporary art collections are hosted in a glass cube-shape building in Malaga quay, known as the Malaga Port Cube, or El Cubo, in Spanish. With an exquisite collection of works by Frida Khalo, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, amongst others, the ‘pop-up museum’ stands a chance to become one of Malaga’s major tourist attractions. The Spanish satellite of the original Centre Pompidou will remain open in Malaga during the period of 5 years. Find more information about Centro Pompidou Málaga.
Palacio de Buenavista
C/San Agustin 8
Opening hours: March-June open daily 10.00 to 19.00, July-August open daily 10.00 to 20.00, September-October open daily 10.00-19.00, November-February open daily 10.00 to 18.00.
A real treasure for modern art lovers, the Picasso Museum of Malaga houses an impressive collection of the famous abstractionist’s work, covering most of techniques used by Picasso (paintings, sketch, ceramics and photography amongst others), as well as most of the artist’s creative periods.
An integrated Picasso research centre provides a valuable source of information on the artists and his work. Audio guide to the exhibits, in different languages is available. Click for more information on Museo Picasso Malaga collection, opening hours and tickets.
Museo Casa Natal Picasso / Picasso Birthplace Museum
Plaza de la Merced 15
Opening ours: every day 9.30 to 20.00 except for 1 January, 25 December. The museum closes on Tuesdays between from November to March.
Malaga is a birthplace of Picasso. The house in which the artist was born is now transformed into a museum managed by Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation. The museum features a few painting by the Picasso and by his father, Jose Ruiz Blasco, as well as an interesting collection of works of artefacts from Picasso’s early life.
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo – CAC Málaga
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 20.00 (winter time) and Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 14.00 and 17.00 to 21.00 (summer time)
Malaga Contemporary Art Museum is located in the area known as Malaga’s Soho, on Calle Alemania, which in the past was mainly an industrial and warehouse district of the city. The museum itself is housed in a former wholesale market, a location which combines well with the character of collections here presented. Amongst the artists featured in Malaga Contemporary Art Museum are American modernists, Joseph Stella and Roy Lichtenstein. Workshops, guest lectures and art courses are available for visitors. See the list of next events in Malaga Contemporary Art Museum.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
Calle Compañia 10
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 20.00. Closes on 25 December and 1 January.
Located in a converted Baroque Palacio de Vilalón, in Malaga’s city centre (Calle Compañia), Carmen Thyssen Museum is a small but interesting collection focusing on the 19th century Spanish painters. See the list of artist featured in Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga.
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