This is the city of Picasso, so you bet your bottom cent that Málaga is a town of excellent museums, galleries and the rest. Art takes centerstage more often than not, but the Costa del Sol capital has a collection of quirky museums that we seriously love. Russian art? Automobiles and fashion? Yes please, take our money.
Undoubtedly Málaga’s greatest son, Pablo Picasso is everywhere in the city. Picasso enthusiasts owe it to themselves to get to his eponymous museum, a celebration of all things Pablo located in the Buenavista Palace. Almost 300 of the great man’s works are found inside, all donated by his family and available for the adoring eyes of art lovers worldwide. Everything from his early studies to his later life re-workings are found here, in what might be the most authentic Picasso collection on the planet.
The resident museum of this fine city, the Museo de Málaga is the romantic amalgamation of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Archeology, so call this the Museum of Fine Arteology is you desire (chortle, chortle). The museum is still theoretically divided between the two, which makes plenty of sense, but lie in the same majestic seaside building. The fine arts section is full of works by many recognisable names such as de Goya and (of course) Picasso, while the archeology section is a massive love letter to all things Málaga.
No, no typos there, the Russian State Museum does indeed have a wing in Málaga. Opened in 2015 in an old tobacco factory, the grandeur of St. Petersburg’s cultural scene has found a natural home on the Mediterranean. The great nation’s artists between the 16th and 20th century are the focus point, and audio and guided tours are available.
The 19th century was something of a golden period for Spanish paintings, and that period is the focus of the Carmen Thyssen Museum. Established in 2011, the museum is actually based on the collection of Carmen Cervera, the Barcelona-born socialite, art dealer and philanthropist best known for a 2016 tax scandal. Still, some fantastic art in here, and the 16th century building in which it is located is a hidden gem all on its own.
Is there a better combination than old cars and fancy clothes? Okay, that sentence makes no sense at all, but there is something about this strange juxtaposing museum that really charms us. Has there ever been a subconscious link between classic vehicles and the clothes we wear? Head to Málaga’s old tobacco factory to find out for yourself.
The only branch of this famous network of museums to be found outside of France, you can’t really miss the Pompidou Centre. The vibrant and colourful glass cube skylight is nigh on impossible to miss, especially taking into consideration its prime location on the harbour. The museum is divided into seven sections, with the complications of humanity at its core.