Free modern art in Malaga

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September, 2022

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Museum of Contemporary Art

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Whilst staying in Malaga we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art or CAC Malaga (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo) for two reasons: it had free admission, and it was cool during the heat of the day.

The Museum is located in the former Mercado de Mayoristas de Málaga, a historic building located on the left bank of the mouth of the Guadalmedina River.

Although the website implied it was located over more than one floor, we found it all on the ground floor with only toilets and a couple of conference rooms upstairs.

The first area was devoted to 22 paintings, a mural and an installation by two Brazillian twins, Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, known collectively as OSGEMEOS. I’m not sure of the link between the paintings and the collection’s title, ‘When the leaves turn to yellow’, but I loved the very bright distinctive paintings, particularly as they were set against a backdrop of walls in shocking pink, lime green and vibrant yellow.

There was a second room of Hockney-esque paintings by another artist followed by the permanent collection, Pasión II. Carmen Riera Collection, which I found to be a more random group of works and sculptures by 29 artists displayed in a totally white walled room. I really liked a large group of silver metallic baubles hanging down from the ceiling.

I spent around an hour in the gallery and found it fascinating.

The sushi restaurant, Óleo Restaurante, incorporated within the building, was closed during our visit, but there are several nearby cafes and bars.

Helen Jackson

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