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The brand-new Centre Pompidou in Málaga
The brand-new Centre Pompidou in Málaga

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Málaga: city of art and culture

If you thought Málaga was just a gateway to the resort towns of the Costa del Sol, it’s time to think again. These days, Málaga is competing as one of Spain’s leading destinations for art and culture, with the brand-new Centre Pompidou and State Russian Museum putting the icing firmly on the cake.

Centre Pompidou Málaga.

Centre Pompidou Málaga

Being chosen to house the Centre Pompidou’s first satellite outside France is no small feat for Málaga. The Pompidou is located in the city’s newly renovated Muelle Uno port area, in a large glass cube known as the Cubo. A contract is in place to allow the Málaga pop-up to use the building and the Pompidou name for five years, during which time it will host its own exhibitions and shows, as well as displaying loaned works from Paris by the likes of local favorite Pablo Picasso, as well as Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, Sophie Calle and Tony Oursler.

Centre Pompidou Málaga

Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, s/n, Málaga

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St. Petersburg State Russian Museum.

St. Petersburg State Russian Museum

Another impressive premiere for Málaga is the first Western European outpost of the Russian State Museum, located in a renovated 1920s tobacco factory. The Spanish satellite has a 10-year agreement with the St. Petersburg collection, during which time it will showcase of a variety of the museum’s works. In its opening exhibition, which runs until January 2016, it is presenting 100 Russian masterpieces from the 15th to 20th centuries, including pieces by Vasily Kandinsky, Ilya Repin, Vladimir Tatlin and Kazimir Malevich.

St. Petersburg State Russian Museum

Avenida Sor Teresa Prat, 15, Málaga

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Picasso Museum Photo: Museo Picasso Málaga

Picasso Museum

Since Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, it should come as no surprise that one of the most impressive collections of his work is also kept in the city. The permanent exhibition includes 285 pieces donated to the museum by members of the Picasso family.

Picasso Museum

Calle San Agustín 8, Málaga

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Carmen Thyssen Museum

Opened in 2011, Málaga’s Carmen Thyssen Museum showcases 19th century Spanish (predominantly Andalusian) art, through a selection of works provided by the extensive Thyssen-Bornemisza collection in Madrid.

Carmen Thyssen Museum

Calle Compañía, 10

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Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC)

For some considerably more cutting-edge curating, head straight for the excellent CAC, a modern art space that exhibits works by international and up-and-coming Spanish artists. Entry is free, and exhibitions change on a regular basis.

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo

Calle Alemania s/n, Málaga

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