Pompidou to put Malaga on art map

MUELLE UNO: The commercial area will host the Pompidou centre

MALAGA is being put on the art world map with the opening of a Pompidou centre from 2015. Mayor Francisco de la Torre has confirmed the prestigious art institution will open a centre in the city’s Muelle Uno, the commercial area of the port, in two years time.

The French cultural organisation will lease the 6,300-m2-21-metre-high crystal cube located in that area for €1 million per year to exhibit contemporary art works belonging to their collection. The Paris Pompidou Centre hosts the largest collection of contemporary art in the world.

This will be the first Pompidou museum to be open outside France. It will join Malaga’s Picasso museum, the CAC Contemporary Art Museum and the Carmen Thyssen Málaga Museum as attractions for art lovers in the city.

The new centre, according to sources at Pompidou, will increase visits to the area by up to 30 per cent depending on the works displayed.

The cruise sector in the port of Malaga is also expected to benefit from this lease, as the new Malaga Pompidou Centre, or Malagadou as it’s already known, would become a must place to visit.

Muelle Uno became the biggest attraction of Malaga city when it opened during the extended holiday of the Constitution day in 2011.

More than 6 million people are expected to have visited the area by the end of this year, improving the results of 2012.

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