Boasting more than 30 museums, Malaga is Andalusia’s leading cultural and historical hub. Its huge range of art museums is one of the city’s most fascinating offerings – and is by no means limited to showcasing the work of Pablo Picasso, Malaga’s most famous son. Here is our guide to the most interesting art museums this endlessly stimulating city has to offer.
Situated in an elegant 16th century palace in the heart of Malaga’s old town, the city’s best-known gallery has a permanent collection of paintings from every period of Picasso‘s eclectic career. Malaga’s most famous son was born just a few minutes away from the museum, on Plaza Merced. Over the next three years, Museo Picasso Malaga will be displaying a further 166 of the artist´s works.
Museo de Belles Artes
Last year, Malaga’s Museum of Fine Arts was combined with the region’s archaeological museum, both of which are now housed in a grand palace just off the port’s Palm Garden of Surprises. The joint offering is now simply called the Museo de Malaga, and houses 2,000 works in the fine arts section and 15,000 pieces in the archaeology rooms.
Opened in March 2015 as an outpost of the original Pomidou Centre in Paris, one of Malaga’s most innovative and exciting art museums is located in a massive multi-coloured cube at the heart of the city’s vast port. But this is not the only reason why Malaga´s Pompidou Centre is such a stimulating and pleasurable place to visit; the permanent collection, which is imaginatively organised by theme rather than chronologically, features 90 works by heavyweights such as Francis Bacon, Marc Chagall and of course, Malaga’s favourite son Pablo Picasso. All this, right in the centre of Malaga’s stunning port area, makes the Pompidou one of the city’s best public spaces.
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