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Center Pompidou Málaga: a museum for those who never step on museums

The commercial part of the Port of Malaga, the Pier One -Recently renovated based on clean, transparent or white structures and organic shapes and materials- is always alive: There are children playing in the original swings and attractions of the Palm Grove of Surprises, there are concerts, there is cinema under the moon in summer, beautiful art and craft markets, countless shops and restaurants (among them, the one of the renowned Malaga chef Jose Carlos García), a museum dedicated to the sea ... And, above all, is 'The Cube', a glass volume of 16 meters high, striking and powerful, while delicate.

What it houses inside, like the crystal that contains it, also intends to merge with the cheerful sea bustle of a city with more than 300 sunny days, in which any excuse is good to go out. Indeed: the newly opened Center Pompidou does not pretend to be presumptuous -despite being the first headquarters that the prominent museum of modern art opens outside of France-, but quite the opposite: it is created thinking especially of the enjoyment of those who "do not usually frequent places of culture", according to his ideology. In fact, his mission is “Promote the public's access to the art of our time”, represented in its 6,300 meters nothing less than pieces by Frida Kahlo, Bacon, Leger, Magritte, Ernst, Chirico, Giacometti, Brancusi, Miró, Tapies, Godard ... And, of course, Picasso, patron of the arts in the city that saw him born.

Touring this mecca of twentieth and twenty-first century art is simple and enjoyable: the works are accessible and clearly outlined; the main route, based on the concept The human body and divided in turn into Self-portraits, The faceless man, The metamorphosis, The political body and The body in pieces, it is simple and intuitive; the space is cozy ... But, above all, the Center Pompidou it's amazing. The visitor will not be able to avoid opening his eyes very much to the pieces of the most unknown artists for the general public, who will practically assault him in a museum in which there is not much space for the blank wall. Especially striking are the facilities of Tony Oursler, composed of a kind of small dolls with human faces that gesture, questioning "the self" in his speech, that of Christian Boltanski, a large clothing store that covers the walls with garments from top to bottom to talk about the bodies and the memory, that of Sigalit Landau and his barbed wire hulahop, or that of Anette Messager and her little birds stuffed and dressed in baby clothes.

Room 'Self-portraits' © © José González

But perhaps the most extraordinary thing about this museum is how it goes directly to the public from its walls, with messages that they encourage art to think and at the same time being part of the exhibition through facilities dedicated to being operated by the viewer, now also actor and artist. The same goes for your programs for children and teenagers, in which the little ones will participate in the play-game proposed by the Spanish sculptor Miquel Navarro (formed by hundreds of manipulable construction pieces) and in the also play-game formed by the amazing images of the Icelandic painter Erred.

Room of 'The man without a face' / 'Le Mannequin', by Alain Séchas © © José González

This participatory and affordable policy, which the Parisian Pompidou Center pioneered more than 30 years ago with workshops for young people - like the famous Studio 13 / 16-It is also reflected when choosing the type of tour that adults want to carry out. So, they can do autonomous visits (with audio guide, texts, brochures and posters) or with accompaniment, which are adapted to the degree of sophistication that each audience requires, and can be thematic, with pedagogical tools and even "flash", short visits in which "new ways of observing the works in company" are experienced.

The installation 'Ghost' has been done by the French artist Kader Attia with a group of students from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Malaga © © José González

Five years, extendable to another five, are the Center Pompidou Malaga will be bathing in the waters of the Costa del Sol. During that time, it will house temporary exhibitions like the one already opened Simple Corps / Let's See How You Move, a multidisciplinary exhibition on the body and choreographic art that features the Pompidou's emblematic programming of dance films Vidéodanse. Too a sample about Miró has already been confirmed and a wide agenda of monthly events that pretend that the museum becomes “a living space that, more than visiting, will be frequented”.

Interactive area of ​​'The man without a face' © © José González


The Center Pompidou is just one more - although it is called to be the most important - of the ¡36! which houses the capital of Malaga. The most emblematic you can travel in just a kilometer and a half:

Picasso's Birthplace, which is right in the home where the painter was born, in the mythical Merced Square. Dedicated to the study and dissemination of the artist, it has more than 4,000 pieces both his and more than 200 different creators related in some way to the painter.

The Picasso Museum, located in the beautiful Buenavista Palace, sums up in almost 250 works the eight decades of work of Pablo Picasso, an essential tour to understand the history of Western art. In addition, it has constant multidisciplinary activities and temporary exhibitions always interesting dedicated to Kupka, Denis Hopper, Giacometti ...

He Carmen Thyssen Museum, built in the noble Villalón Palace, is the most complete sample of Andalusian painting of the nineteenth century that exists in Spain, although It has almost 250 works by artists from all over the peninsula, which sometimes cover until the beginning of the 21st century. On its walls, Francisco Romero de Torres, Sorolla, Casas, Iturrino, Zuloaga ... and an agenda full of parallel activities dedicated to flamenco, cinema, new technologies, the youngest public ...

He Center of Contemporary Art -CAC-, is also located in a historic building, the old Malaga Wholesale Market. Always avant-garde, and with a special balance between local and international talent, it usually organizes the first individual exhibitions of artists that in just a few years become world figures. On its walls it has housed pieces of Marina Abramovic, Tracy Emin, Damian Hirst, Julian Opie, Kaws ... By the way, it is located in the SOHO, territory of art galleries and huge murals decorated by graffiti artists from all over the world (D * Face, Obey, Boamistura…).


You can get on a bus, a bike of the many that are rented almost anywhere in the capital or even the new subway! and approach in a few minutes to:

The headquarters of the St. Petersbursgo State Museum, located in the impressive building of The tobacco company. It opened its doors a few days ago, and houses about seventy pieces of Russian art from the 15th to the 20th century of essential artists such as Chagall, Rodchenko or Kandinsky. Byzantine-inspired icons blend with the cubist avant-garde and socialist realism of the Soviet era in a schedule that will bring two temporary exhibitions a year. Is now exposed The era of Diáguilev, which aims to present one of the most emblematic figures for art and culture of the early twentieth century: Sergei Diáguilev, creator of the most international Russian theater company, the Russian Ballets.

The Thermal, another project located in an emblematic building, which is both the center of cultural creation and production. His exhibitions around modernity icons such as John Lennon, Nirvana or Mafalda, his status as an artist's residence and his original literary, musical and theatrical initiatives, which bring to the city the most important of the social and cultural landscape (Wyoming, El Comidista, Vila-Matas, Miguel Noguera ...), always have the favor of public.

Further, they are already rehabilitating the old provincial prison, which will become a experimental cultural creation space for local artists, and this year the Museum of Fine Arts in the mythical Customs Palace. In short, in Malaga we are throwing it with art. And to that add good living and comfort, which allows you, after so much walk, take a spit lying on the beach ...

Temperate Malaga culture © La Térmica


The Center Pompidou Málaga and the Russian Museum Collection will have Free admission for all audiences on Sunday afternoons.

The reduced entry It will be applied to people over 65, students up to 26 years, participants in the congress activities carried out by the University and large families. Admission will be free for unemployed in any case, under 18, young euro card holders, teachers and university students of Fine Arts and Art History, museum employees and members of ICOM, and for the entire public on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. until the closing time.
Entrance to the Center Pompidou Málaga
General admission Reduced entrance
Combined (permanent plus temporary): € 9.00 € 5.50
Permanent exhibition: € 7.00 € 4.00
Temporary exhibition: € 4.00 € 2.50

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'The Cube' of the Center Pompidou intervened by the artist Daniel Buren © © José González

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