Since March 2015, Malaga has been the home of the first Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture outside France, establishing the capital of the Costa del Sol as one of the leading cultural and tourist destinations in the south of Spain. The site of this prestigious French cultural institution occupies the building known as the ‘Cubo’ (cube), on the corner of Muelle Uno (Quay One) and the Palmeral de las Sorpresas (Palm Grove of Surprises), on the Mediterranean seafront. To make this possible, Malaga City Council and the Pompidou Center signed an agreement, thanks to which a permanent collection of over 70 famous contemporary works of art will be exhibited, along with a temporary exhibition which will be updated each year.
Malaga’s Pompidou Center occupies over 6,000 square meters of the ‘Cubo’. For some authors, the Pompidou Center was the first example of cultural policies in postmodernity, aiming to revitalize depressed urban areas and stimulate the participation of new audiences. The Pompidou is now one of the world’s leading art centers and also one of the most highly visited, so the opening of this new center in Malaga is destined to give another boost to a city that has grown steadily in recent years, both in terms of culture and tourism.
Without a doubt, the arrival of the Pompidou Center should be enough to make Malaga one of the top exhibition destinations in Europe. But there is a lot more to Malaga. In fact, the city experienced its own Guggenheim effect ten years ago with the opening of the Picasso Museum, the institution that put it on the map, and the steps taken by the City Council since then have been no less ambitious. Indeed, the arrival of the Pompidou Center is a perfect complement to the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), which is next to SOHO, Malaga’s art district, recently enhanced with murals by Obey and D*Face.
The 19th century is also well represented by the Carmen Thyssen Museum and the renovated Museum of Fine Arts, which will reopen its doors in the second half of 2016, with one of the finest nineteenth-century collections in Spain. These are joined by the aforementioned Picasso Museum and the house in which the painter was born (Casa Natal), making Malaga one-of-a-kind in Spain, where you can observe how more than a century of artistic creation ties in together. These may be the most outstanding examples, but they are not the only ones. Today, Malaga truly is a city of museums, with over thirty museum spaces which cover the most varied of subjects.