Guess what? Málaga isn’t just an international airport where millions of tourists disembark each year on their way to beaches on the Costa del Sol. Malága city has almost 3000 years of history behind it; centuries of culture and diversity that makes it one of the most interesting destinations in Europe. We think Málaga deserves a lot more attention, if only for its numerous museums and annual film festival… and of course the sun shines just as bright here too!
Málaga Province has been breaking all sorts of records, visitors are continuing to flock to Southern Spain and foreign investors love buying property in Marbella and the rest of the Costa del Sol. Alongside the coasts’ favourite hotspots, new attractions seem to be popping up, thereby ensuring that the region’s popularity continues to soar amongst property buyers. Those looking for a second holiday home are choosing Marbella property for sale.
The new centre in Málaga
One of the latest attractions to come to Málaga is the Pompidou Centre ‘pop-up’ gallery which opened on the 28th March 2015 in the city’s newly improved port.
This is a major coup for Málaga, as the Pompidou Centre in Paris is home to one of the most unique, extensive and important art collections in the world, and this temporary installation will be the first ‘satellite’ gallery that it has opened.
The partnership between Málaga and the Centre Pompidou was announced by the Mayor of Málaga and confirmed by the Pompidou Centre in Paris on the 24th April 2014. The concept is to offer a ‘pop-up’ Pompidou centre in Spain to provide the city of Málaga with access to some of the 20th and 21st century’s best contemporary artworks for the next five years. The temporary exhibits will be held in the gallery and exhibited on rotation in the underground galleries below ‘the cube’. Among the pieces shipped from Paris, will be artwork by one of the city’s most famous sons – Pablo Picasso.
Located in the already famous ‘Cube’ building designed by French conceptual artist, Daniel Buren, and built by Málaga’s Gerencia Urbanismo Municipal, the ‘pop up’ gallery was designed by Alain Seban, the president of the Centre Pompidou since 2007. The idea is to offer the public the opportunity to view collections from the original Centre Pompidou in Paris, and accompany it with a program of exhibitions and multidisciplinary experiences.
The Centre Pompidou in Málaga is based on provisional knowledge and experience of the original museum in terms of multidisciplinary cultural programming and mediation, focusing on the younger public. The museum is intended as an interface between society and creation, with the aim of opening the art of our time to the widest possible public.
The city of Málaga is paying the Centre Pompidou 1€ million per year to use their brand and artwork collection. The museum itself is managed by the Pompidou National Center of Art and Culture and the Ayuntamiento de Málaga (Málaga Town Hall).
Highlights amongst the collection will include artwork by Alberto Giacometti, a Swiss sculptor and painter; Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte; and contemporary works by French artist, writer and photographer Sophie Calle, as well as American artist Bruce Nauman.
The Pompidou Centre in Paris
The original Pompidou Centre in Paris opened in 1977 and boasts the most important collection of European and contemporary art. Today it has over 100,000 works of art and covers an extensive period of time, from 1905 to present today. Each year, around thirty exhibitions attract millions of visitors, such as the Salvador Dalí exhibition that was shown in 2012. The institution also displays a wide program of music, dance, theatre, performances, film screenings and lectures. It also has a public library and institutes for research and acoustic and musical coordination. The building was designed by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, and it’s now an emblematic monument of the 20th Century.
Information, Opening Hours and Prices
The Centre Pompidou Málaga is located at the city’s port. During the building of the Cube, they installed a variety of features to make it accessible to all members of the public, including ramps and lifts, and it also caters for the visually impaired. Free audio guides are available in Spanish, English, French and German and guided tours are available.
The museum’s opening times are from 09:30 until 20:00 including holidays but closed every Tuesday, December 25 and January 1. A special timetable will be implemented from June 15 until September 15, when the opening hours will be reduced from 11:00 until 22:00. Admission to the museum ends 15 minutes before closing time.
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