In the past ten years the city of Malaga has spent €100 million on the development of the arts, with additional spending on tourism infrastructure. With more than 30 museums, the city is rising in prominence as a world class destination for cultural enthusiasts of all sorts. It is only fitting that Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, should have a lasting artistic legacy, and while its decade long investment in culture may have much to do with the boom in visitor numbers across the same period, there are many other new reasons for excitement.
Gone are the days when Malaga was little more than an entry point to the Costa del Sol; the city is now a cosmopolitan and cultured destination in its own right, and the progress shows little sign of slowing. If the sun and sea, the existing museums and the emerging fine food scene aren’t enough already, here are five new developments in the ascendant city of Malaga.
The Centre Pompidou Malaga
This highly anticipated “pop-up Pompidou” just opened to the public on 28th March, 2015, located at the city’s flashy port development, Muelle Uno. In what is the first deal of its kind with the iconic Pompidou Centre in Paris, the city of Malaga will pay €1m a year for the use of the Pompidou name and the loan of art works over an initially agreed five year period. Among the most famous names on display at the new museum, highlighting 20th and 21st century works, are Frida Kahlo, Max Ernst, Francis Bacon, Rene Magritte and, of course, Malaga’s native son Pablo Picasso. Rotating temporary exhibits, music and dance performances, and a space for workshops aimed at children and adolescents offer further reasons for the expected 250,000 visitors each year to return.
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