As I have written here before Malaga is much more than a the old harbour image suggests. Culture, both historically and modern, has added to it revival. And now the world famous gallery Centre Pompidou is coming to Malaga. Without doubt the Pompidou art center in Paris is one of the greatest homes of twentieth century art.
In line with the arresting appearance of the Pompidou in Paris the Malaga collection will be housed in the large glass cube, built with a cultural purpose in mind and which is situated at the corner which joins Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos of Malaga’s newly renovated port. The new Malaga Pop-Up museum will house a fine selection of its French mother. The museum that is at time of writing under full construction is expected to open next week on March 28th, just before the touristic season takes off.
It will certainly add to the city’s already impressive range of art galleries – the Museo Picasso, the Museo Carmen Thyssen and the ‘Centro de Arte Contemporáneo’. The agreement which will last five years with the option of a further five years. The selection will fill 6.000 square metres and is going to be made over a three month period and will hold some 80 paintings and photographs including Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Francis Bacon, Max Ernst, René Magritte and Sophie Calle, among others.
According to the mayor of Malaga the initiative elevates the city to a “leading position in Spain and Europe in terms of the artworks it has on display”. The works required to get the cube ready for the ‘Centro Pompidou de Málaga’ are estimated to have a cost of EUR 5 mln, half of that sum has been factored into the city hall’s budget for 2014.
With regard to the outstanding EUR 2,5 mln, Unicaja, the Andalucía savings bank is the largest sponsor committing EUR 1,25 mln over five years Heineken will pay EUR 1,2 mln over 2015 to 2019. Being Dutch and a having my account at Unicaja I guess this means that I don’t have to pay anything to get in…
According to one of these studies done by the organisation which runs Malaga’s commercial port zone, Muelle Uno, has predicted that almost a million more visitors will visit the area in the period between the inauguration of the Pompidou Centre in March and the end of the year.
In concrete figures it is expected that the number of visitors to Muelle Uno will rise by thirteen per cent this year, to 7.8 million. Muelle Uno’s managers have pointed out that apart from the draw of the offshoot of Paris’s Pompidou centre, the port now has a bigger commercial and leisure zone and the area has been upgraded by, for example, the addition of glass walls to a number of bar and restaurant terraces so that they can be used in winter.
We will see, but one thing is for sure: Malaga certainly has something new to offer, also for our guests that we already love to direct to the city.