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When in: Malaga

To many people, Malaga on Spain's sunny coast is synonymous with faceless mass tourism. Butover the past few years, this Spanish gem has refashioned itself as one the country's coolest cultural centers. Here's our guide to its best art.

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Soho Malaga

The Soho Art District was originally born as a result of an initiative by the local community some 10 years ago. Today, it's backed by the city, and this once shabby neighborhood by the Guadalmedina River has grown into an impressive hub of street art. Under the program known as MAUS - Málaga Arte Urbano SOHO - international and local artists have been invited to create works here, and the area's walls, doorways and bridges have been covered with graffiti. The area is also packed with independent galleries and restaurants.

Soho Malaga

Centre Pompidou Malaga

Paris' famed contemporary art museum opened a temporary branch, called "The Cubo," in Malaga in 2015. The cultural center will initially stay open for five years. It's housed in a striking multi-colored glass cube, which holds some 70 selected works from the Pompidou Center collections, including artists like Pablo Picasso, Tony Oursler and Max Ernst. There are also temporary contemporary exhibitions.

Centre Pompidou Malaga

Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, s/n Muelle Uno

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Colección del Museo Ruso

The Malaga branch of the St. Petersburg State Russian Museum, which opened in 2015, offers visitors a rare chance to see Russian art in Europe. The 2,300sq m former tobacco -factory was renovated completely before the collections were brought in. Familiarize yourself here with Russian art over five centuries through permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Colección del Museo Ruso

Avenida Sor Teresa Prat 15

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The Picasso Museum

Malaga is Pablo Picasso's birthplace and the city is rightly proud of its famous son. At the museum devoted to his life and art, you can see how his work developed over the decades in sculptures, oils, sketches and engravings - from the early, -formative years to the defining stylistic moments leading to great works of Cubism. The museum also arranges temporary exhibitions showcasing other artists of the era and connecting them with contemporary issues.

The Picasso Museum

Palacio de Buenavista C/ San Agustín, 8

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Last edited: March 19, 2018

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