Malaga is fast gaining a reputation for art exhibitions of world-class calibre. Hot on the heels of Jackson Pollock’s extraordinary ‘Mural’ at the Picasso Museum comes Chagall at the Russian Museum. It’s not often you get the chance to see so many of his works together and art critics are hailing this as 1 of the best art exhibitions in Malaga this year. If you’re on holiday in Malaga, put this on your must-see list.
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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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Over the last couple of years, art in Malaga has started to make a name for itself and Malaga regularly hosts new art exhibitions. But it isn’t every day that a whole new collection arrives. The Russian Museum in Malaga recently changed its galleries completely bringing dozens of new pictures to town. Here’s our guide to two new art exhibitions in Malaga.
A complete change for art in Malaga
The advantage of having a big sister is that you can borrow her stuff. And in the case of the Russian Museum in Malaga, this big sister is huge and has plenty of things to borrow. The Russian State Museum in St Petersburg has a collection of over 400,000 paintings so there’s plenty of scope to lend things to the smaller museum in Malaga.
In January this year we said goodbye to an exceptional collection of Russian art through the ages – from icons to Chagal – and welcomed a brand new set of paintings. The new exhibition is, in our opinion, a great addition to the art scene in Malaga.
Four seasons in Malaga
This year’s collection is entitled ‘The Four Seasons’ and a walk through the galleries takes you from sub-zero ice and snow to scorching summer sun before leaving you in the midst of mellow autumn temperatures.
Like the previous collection, the new paintings showcase the classics with the very modern. There are several works painted this century so you get a very broad look at Russian art in Malaga.
The exhibition starts in the winter. And in Russia of course winter equals piles and piles of snow, very chilly temperatures and deep frosts. Snow never makes an appearance on the charts for weather in Malaga so there’s something a little surreal walking round 3 galleries where all the pictures contain that white stuff.
You see beautiful snow, cruel snow and fun snow as you walk around – we were amazed as how the painters had manage to capture on canvas the different shades of snow (almost anything but just white). In my favourite picture, the snow was tinged with pink and gold.
As you’d expect, spring changes the colour palette completely, although several paintings show how long it takes for the snow to disappear in Russia. We were especially taken with a giant painting showing a family watching the ice flows melt their way down river.
But spring comes apple blossom, flowers and warm sunshine. (But judging from the clothes people are wearing in the pictures, not as warm as in Malaga.)
The Russian Museum brochure says that “summer is everyone’s favourite time of year”. And you can tell this from the paintings. In the summertime galleries it’s almost as if someone’s suddenly turned the lights on.
Stunning bright colours – we loved the rainbow painting – and smiling people. Even when they’re threshing corn.
The colours turn golden and brown here, and there are some stunning treescapes on display in this section. This is the shortest section, perhaps reflecting a shorter autumn in Russia? It’s certainly very different to autumn in Malaga.
Video art in Malaga
This new exhibition is accompanied by several videos. A monitor in each season plays footage of that season in Russia. The photography is stunning and provides a real insight into the countryside and architecture.
4 Malaga artists are also featured. 1 per season with a video installation for each. We loved the winter video by Cristina Martín Lara and the summer heat perfectly shown in David Triviño’s summer piece. We found the installations for spring and autumn a little puzzling, but it’s great to see an integration of local and Russian art within the same exhibition.
On until July this year, this latest exhibition of art in Malaga is entitled ‘Knave of Diamonds’ and depicts paintings from a group of artists active in Russian during 1910-1920. It’s a fascinating glimpse into the art scene in this period and there’s an informative video giving the historical context at the beginning of the exhibition (in Spanish only).
Still life paintings dominate here – fruit, bread and flowers mostly. And there are nods to Cezanne and Van Gogh plus a couple of definitely Cubist works. But although you might find the paintings have a familiar air, they’re still unmistakably Russian.
Our top tips
Getting to the Russian Museum from Malaga city centre – take the No 7 bus from Alameda Principal and get off at La Tabacalera.
Bite to eat – a café has recently opened in the museum and it serves good cakes, sandwiches and tapas. The breakfast and tapas deals are good value.
Lunchtime meal – walk to the seafront (5 minutes from the Russian Museum) and have lunch at any of the beach bars along the front. We like Gutiérrez Playa but you can’t go wrong at any of them. If you’re looking for fast food, there’s a Burger King on the front, which has a rooftop terrace with lovely sea views!
Museum combo – combine art in Malaga with classic cars by visiting the Car Museum (next to Russian Museum) on the same day.
Visit for free – it’s free entrance from 4pm on Sundays.
Russian Museum opening times and prices
Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm (11am to 10pm between 16 June and 15 Sept)
Entrance: €6 for The Four Seasons; €4 for Knave of Diamonds; €8 for both exhibitions.
Visit the Russian Museum website here.
We think this latest addition to art in Malaga is excellent and highly recommend a visit to the Russian Museum when you’re on holiday in Malaga.