Centre Pompidou – Málaga’s newest artistic masterpiece

Entrance to the Centre Pompidou, Malaga

Málaga is leading the way with a new concept dubbed the “Pop-up Pompidou”, where the general public is offered a selection of around 90 masterpieces from the famous Centre Pompidou’s collection.

Becoming the first outside of France, the Centre Pompidou, Málaga will initially be a city feature for five years, but with an option to extend for a further five years.

The museum also features a programme of exhibitions and workshops aimed at families and younger audiences, making today’s art accessible to the widest possible audience.

Centre Pompidou, Malaga - inside out

We’ve become used to seeing the steel and glass cube (El Cubo) at one end of Muelle Uno (Quay 1), Málaga’s new port and shopping area. What was unclear until now, was that this cube was really a skylight, casting it’s sunlit magic into what has now become the cavernous museum below.

New-look Pompidou Centre, Malaga

Sporting a new look, El Cubo has itself become a piece of art, adorned with coloured panels by artist Daniel Buren, entitled “Incubé”.

I was fortunate to be one of the first people to visit the new Centre Pompidou, Málaga during it’s opening weekend, at the end of March 2015.

Entrance to the Centre Pompidou, Malaga

After entering the Centre Pompidou, the stairs lead you down to the surprisingly large exhibition space inside, where you are taken on a journey through “The Collection”, featuring art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The works on “human representation” are divided into five galleries, some larger and some smaller, exploring such themes as “Metamophoses”, “Self-Portraits”, “The Man without a Face”, “The Political Body” and “The Body in Pieces”.

Within each gallery the art is represented in the form of sculptures, paintings, installations, films and videos.

Displayed on the walls through the museum are works by Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Georg Baselitz, Joan Miró, Francis Bacon, Antoni Tàpies, Max Ernst, Marc Chagall, Constantin Brancusi and many others.

Ghost by Kader Attia at Centre Pompidou, Malaga

Centre Pompidou, Malaga

Without a doubt, my favourite piece was within the “The Body in Pieces” gallery, by Algerian artist, Kader Attia. “Ghost” is an installation of more than 140 hollow figures, kneeling in straight rows and all facing in the same direction. Each empty figure is made entirely of aluminum foil and alludes to be an anonymous Middle Eastern woman, covered from head to toe by her chador, bowed in prayer.

Ghost by Kader Attia at Centre Pompidou, Malaga

These fragile forms convey a powerful statement.

The installation could be described as vaguely sinister, yet I felt myself both respecting the figures’ privacy of worship, as well as being curiously drawn to inspect the hollow shells further.

 Interactive art at Centre Pompidou, Malaga

I was able to seize the opportunity to become part of two of the interactive exhibits – the first, unknowingly, as I queued with the crowd outside the entrance to the museum, where the moving image is displayed on a wall inside, as a piece of art.

Hidden Faces at Centre Pompidou, Malaga

Later, in “The Man Without A Face” gallery I was encouraged to become an “anonymous witness” by hiding behind a white mask to observe how other visitors react to the artworks (and to me hiding behind the mask!)

Two or three temporary exhibitions are scheduled each year at the Centre Pompidou, Málaga. There is a cafe, auditorium and children’s inter-active play area.

Leaflets are available at the entrance (in several languages, including Spanish and English) suggesting various self-guided routes through the exhibits, depending on the amount of time you have available.


16th June to 15th September: 11.00am to 10.00pm
16th September to 15th June: 9.30am to 8.00pm

Closed on Tuesdays, January 1st and December 25th.


Permanent collection: €7, concessions €4
Temporary exhibition: €4, concessions €2.50
Permanent collection + temporary exhibition: €9, concessions €5.50

MY INSIDER TIP: FREE ENTRY after 4pm every Sunday 

WEBSITE: centrepompidou-malaga.es


27 thoughts on “Centre Pompidou – Málaga’s newest artistic masterpiece

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  2. Hola, I live in Ronda and use wordpress too. I have a go pro and want to add them to my blog but the files are too large. Do you put video on Youtube first and then imbed into the blog. Sorry for a technical question. Loved your blog in the states and ever better here. Gracias

    • Yes, I use YouTube and then embed onto the blog. Sometimes things get a bit technical, don’t they? But hey – that’s how we all learn! Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  3. I walked past here last Monday while on Stage 1 of the Gran Senda de Malaga, great looking building that could certainly not be missed. My Aunt & I are planning a visit during my next trip in July 🙂

    • If you like contemporary art, Susan, I would also recommend a visit to the CAC museum (Contemporary Art Centre) in Malaga city. There’s a lovely cafe there, too 🙂

  4. Can’t wait to go and see this museum! Your post has really whetted my appetite. Great to have more world-class contemporary art in Andalucia, I just wish we had some of it in Seville. Love the idea of the mask – good way to get kids involved too!

  5. I never knew there was a centre Pompidou outside France until now. There´s another dépendance at Metz/France, close to my home region, also locating in a very modern, exciting building. I think that´s a very interesting concept, a museum “sprouting ” in different places!

  6. Let’s see if we wiggle our way down there sometime. I’m not much into museums and I tend to get bored in them………. Just not a very visual person I guess. I did see the cube from the outside……. It definitely looks “French” hehe.

  7. Good to get to see inside the new Pompidou in Malaga. Won’t be able to see the real thing until we’re back in late May. “Ghost” looks fascinating indeed, and I’m eager to see the rest. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes, another great asset for Málaga, Gilly. I was mesmerised by “Ghost” …. absolutely fascinating. Thanks for your comment, Gilly – always much appreciated. 🙂

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