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A Guide to the Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou Centre in Malaga opened its doors in April 2015 and at the time was the first Pompidou ‘branch’ outside France. Since then, the museum has gained a reputation for cutting-edge art in its permanent collection and thought-provoking temporary exhibitions. This together with its iconic multi-coloured glass cube has made it one of the best art museums in Malaga and southern Spain.

In early 2024, the Pompidou Centre renewed its permanent collection again. Place-ness Inhabiting Space will be on display until March 2025 giving visitors to Malaga the chance to see work from some of the finest 20th and 21st century artists.

In this guide to the Pompidou Centre in Malaga we offer an insight on what to see at the museum plus essential practical information.

What’s on display at the Pompidou Centre in Malaga

The latest exhibition aims to explore different types of surroundings by looking at the way we inhabit space. The exhibition is divided into six sections. But before you enter, feast your eyes on the stunning Cornish Slate Circle by Richard Long.

Cornish slate circle by Richard Long at the Pompidou Malaga
Cornish Slate Circle by Richard Long

Transforming matter: tributes and traces 

This section looks at how we humans interact with our environment and the traces we leave on it. Fernand Léger’s Two Yellow Butterflies Around a Ladder takes pride of place in the first room. You can also see several interesting architectural structures and an oil painting with a shower attachment coming out of it.

Deconstructing clichés

Cocoon by Cabinet Marlene at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga
Cocoon by Cabinet Marlene

In this section, the two contrasts of urban and rural are juxtaposed in several unusual art pieces. They include the stunning Echo-Ecco by François Bouillon (the light from the central cube reflects beautifully on this piece). We also liked the highly unusual Cocoon (above), made with silk worm cocoons.

Living in indefinite spaces 

The Greater Suburbs by Vera Pagava at Place-ness at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga
The Greater Suburbs by Vera Pagava

Film posters and paintings of anonymous urban spaces (like the one above) dominate this section that examines the many “non-spaces” in today’s urban areas. Shopping malls and motorway interchanges are two examples of this type of space.

Rethinking territorial dynamics

Two installations on show in the latest exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga
Two installations on show in the latest exhibition

The current environmental crisis rears its ugly head in this section, looking at the effects we have had on our surroundings. You can see several thought-provoking videos and some great art pieces including Itchy Pockets by Mircea Cantor. This installation combines Armani trousers with nettles, earth and clothes pegs!

Reconfiguring dreams and realities

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate by David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate by David Hockney

This room shows how artists use their work as “acts of resistence”. Some of the artworks depict the conflict between real and artificial and nature and culture. Their ultimate aim is to illustrate how our surroundings can be seen as a mental space as well as a physical area. For us, Magdalena Abakanowicz’s Abakan Great Black was a highlight in this section.

Existing in public space

Redemption by Barthelemy Toguo
Redemption by Barthelemy Toguo

The final section in the largest room always gives the Pompidou Centre the chance to showcase its largest installations. The latest this exhibition is no exception. There are four in total in the space and they include Barthelemy Toguo’s extraordinary Redemption, two giant chairs piled high on top and below with belongings and three equally enormous spools of wool by Janice Kounellis. The Hockney painting is also stunning and gets perfect wall space in this section.

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Highlights at the Pompidou Centre

Inside the multi-coloured cube – Daniel Buren’s cube can be seen from the inside from the main exhibition. Watch the clouds scud across the panes.

Children’s activities – the museum runs good exhibitions for children. Check the website to find out what’s on.

Central stairway – this big exhibition space usually showcases a one-off piece.

Museum shop – this is one of the best museum shops in Malaga with lots of great ideas for fun or unusual gifts plus an excellent selection of art books.

Pompidou Centre in Malaga – practicalities

ticket for the Pompidou Centre in Malaga

Opening times

The Pompidou Centre opens Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesday) from 9.30am to 8pm.

Admission

Main exhibition €7

Temporary Exhibition €4

Combined €9

Free admission on Sundays after 4pm

Accessible

The Pompidou Centre is fully accessible. Read more about accessible Malaga.

Time to allow for visit

Allow at least an hour to see Place-ness, longer if you watch all the videos.

Café and restaurant

The Pompidou Centre in Malaga doesn’t have a café or restaurant service. However, there are several excellent venues on Muelle Uno just outside. Read our guide to La Malagueta area.

This is one of the great museums in Malaga. Discover the others and decide which to visit while you’re on holiday in the city.

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