Whether you think these are the best art exhibitions in Malaga or not will depend on your personal taste. But whatever your preferences, all these exhibitions currently showing in art museums in Malaga are excellent and well worth a visit.
Note that the information in this post refers to exhibitions in Malaga in 2015. For information about current exhibitions, take a look at our what’s on in Malaga this month post.
Best art exhibitions in Malaga – Neighbours III
This is the only permanent art exhibition in Malaga that we’ve included in this blog post so there’s no time limit on seeing this one or rushing to see the paintings before they make way for another lot. The collection of 86 works that take in sculpture, painting, drawing and photography arrived in Malaga in November 2015 and come together in the Neighbours III collection because all 30 artists have some affinity with Malaga.
Our top tip: A good (and quiet) time to visit CAC Malaga is at lunchtime (the Spanish one – 2-4pm) when there are no guided tours or school visits so you get to see the paintings almost on your own.
Where to see it: CAC Malaga
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm (23 June to 8 Sept opening times are Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 2pm and 5 to 9pm).
Guided tours: Tuesday and Thursday 6pm and 7pm (not usually in English but enquire at the admissions desk)
Find out more: on the CAC Malaga website
Best art exhibitions in Malaga – The Mural
The Picasso Museum Malaga ranks high on our list of must-visits for excellent art exhibitions. We thought the one showcasing Louise Bourgeois work last year was exceptional and the latest – “The Mural Jackson Pollock – Energy Made Visible” – is just as good. This exhibition focuses on the famous Mural, painted by Pollock in 1943 in Peggy Guggenheim’s New York apartment hallway, and now on tour in Europe. This is its only stop in Spain (another compelling reason to visit this exhibition) and the giant masterpiece comes accompanied with other famous works by the likes of Warhol and Saura, all painted within the genre of Abstract Expressionism.
Our top tip: Get a combo ticket to see the permanent exhibition showcasing Picasso’s work throughout his long life. Don’t forget to visit the Roman ruins in the basement.
Where to see it: Picasso Museum until 11 September
Opening times: Daily 10am to 7pm (July and August until 8pm)
Admission: €5.50 (€10 combo ticket)
Guided tours: In English (of the general collection) Wednesday at 11.30am. Guided tours (in Spanish) of The Mural, Saturday at noon. The audioguides are available in English.
Find out more: Picasso Museum Website
Best art exhibitions in Malaga – Reflections of Pop
Andy Warhol could easily be on display round the corner too at the temporary exhibition in the Carmen Thyssen Museum that showcases what 4 Spanish artists were doing during the 60s and 70s as the Spanish version of pop art. Given that Spain was at the time of pop art’s heyday in the midst of a repressive dictatorship, these 4 artists were doing amazing things. This is a fun exhibition with some surprising exhibits and unusual takes on everyday life.
Our top tip: Don’t miss the pop art window display in the museum shop, a great place to buy unusual gifts for all ages.
Where to see it: Carmen Thyssen Museum until 4 September
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm
Admission: €4.50. Free on Sunday after 5pm
Guided tours: Friday at 6.30pm (in Spanish). The audioguides are available in English.
Find out more: on the Carmen Thyssen Museum website
Best art exhibitions in Malaga – Knave of Diamonds
And last but definitely not least, is the Knave of Diamonds exhibition at the Russian Museum. Showcasing work painted by the so-called Knave of Diamonds association who formed at the beginning of the 20th century in Russian. The artists drew on French painters such as Cézanne and Matisse for inspiration, although the works on display in this exhibition definitely have their own style.
Our top tip: Visit the permanent exhibition – The Four Seasons – while you’re there. You won’t be disappointed.
Where to see it: Russian Museum (take the No 16 from the Alameda Principal and get off at the Tabacalera, also home to the Car Museum) until 7 July
Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm
Admission: €4. Free on Sundays from 4pm
Find out more: on the Russian Museum website
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