—Picasso's Malaga

If we should mention an important museum in Malaga this is the new Museo Picasso, although there are many other museums in the province which some of them are full of curiosities and others full o' valuable pieces. However, althougl- a!l of them are very important, and of them has signified for the city and then for the province what the Museo Picasso has: the renaissance of a peculiar and eclectic artistic character that Malaga needed. The result was a shining city that at the end has found that lost piece of the cubist panorama. Of course, this reputation for being a cultural city has been achieved thanks to the creation of previous museums of fantastic artistic interest inside the city such us the Centra de Arte Contemporaneo and also, the restoration of the Casa Natal de Picasso (Picasso's birth house) that signified the return of the genius to his native city. History tells that this return was a wish of the same Pablo Picasso who confessed it in a letter to a friend from Malaga called Juan Temboury. This wish came true thanks to the donation of his heirs Christine and Bernard Picasso who offered the pictures. This is not a private but a personal collection that covers the walls of the museum showing the artist life through his different phases, all of the presented and distributed in a chronological way. This collection completes the other art galleries of the artist that exists in the world: Parts, Barcelona and Antibes. The Museo Picasso Malaga was born with a special sensibility: it is the Museo de la Familia (Family Museum). The last October, this Museo de la Familia celebrated his first anniversary since the first time its door were opened in an exceptional location: in the Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista, national monument since 1939, This is a historical building very typical of the civil architecture of the Andalusia of the XVI century which posses renaissance and Mudejar pieces. During an archaeological research of the subsoil of this place, rests of Phoenicians, Roman and Greeks were found and now are integrated inside the building. The 27th October 2003 were shown for the first time the twelve rooms, 630 square metres and the 204 donated pictures by the family. Here we can find different styles, subjects and stands dated from 1894 to 1972, a year before the death of the most universal artist from Malaga. These collections are a visual biography of the genia! painter where you can see his life obsessions like, of y_ course, women, sex, family and friends in pictures iike the "La Maternidad" or "La Sagrada Familia", or the marvellous portraits of Olga Koklova, Dora Maar, Jaqueline and even his first-born Paulo. If the visitant want to know the Picasso childhood, this is the first years of life of the most revolutionary painter in the XX century, you can visit the place where he was born, the Ruiz Picasso home in Malaga, a place that influenced him in the thematic of his pictures. The painter Casa Natal shows his way of life during the time he spent in the city. In the house we can see his first paintbrush, the suit we dressed in his baptism, his room and even his birth certificate together with an everlasting list of the names who visited him. Above the Picasso image, there are many other things to visit in Malaga, There are innumerable centres that exhibit articles of any style, from artistic and vaiuable pieces with historical interest to the most strange elements. If visitants want to know the traditional and picturesque part of the province and know how our ancestors lived, then you should direct to the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Popuiares of the city located in the old Meson de la Victoria dated from 1632. In this place are kept several objects and utensils of the principal economic activities developed traditionally in Malaga such us an oven for making bread, a winepress for elaborating wine, a steam fire bomb, a berlin for passenger transport and cloth of that time. The Museo Historico Etnologico in MiJas has the same style, and you can see farming instruments, utensil for working the land, an oil mill of the XIX century or a cellar of the same century, In order to know better the popular roots of Malaga and the pass of these lands, we can explain you the dangerous life of the bandits visiting the Museo Historico Popular del Bandolero in Ronda. In this place there are books, oil paintings, coins, stamps and personal belonging of some of the most famous bandits who lived in the Ronda range during the XIX century. And, in order to know the most famous bandit of that time, "El Bizco de El Borge", you can visit the Museo de! Bandolero in the above mention place. If we follow with the popular customs, the bullfighting lovers will spend a good time visiting the Museo Taurino of the Real Maestranza de Caballeria in Ronda, the Museo Taurino "Antonio Ordonez" in the city or the Museo ' Taurino Municipal de Antequera where you can admire any type of object related to this art, Indeed, so many centuries of civilisations and so many different guests have left us quite exquisite and authentic artistic pieces. A proof of these are the different rests from the superior Paleolithic and the initial Neolithic exposed in the Museo Arqueologico de la Cueva de Nerja (Archeological museum of the Nerja Caves). Other important legacy, this time from the Roman Empire, is the known Efebo de Antequera that is considered the most emblematic art piece in the Museo Municipal of Antequera. In the same place we can find a sculpture of San Francisco de Asis made in polychrome wood realised by the sculptor from Malaga, Pedro de Mena. In the Museo Catedralicio of the city there are other sculptures of this same author that are shown together with other pictures and sculptures from the XVI and XVIII century. The same importance have the collections of pictures, sculptures, furniture and ceramic from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque (such as the art pieces of Alonso Cano, Ribera and Pedro Mena) and Romanticism (with : pieces of Benlliure and Gutierrez Vega) The pictures exposed in the; Museo del Grabado Espanol i Contemporaneo in Marbella are more modern. In this place Picasso is again the star together with other great Spanish artists such us Tapies, Chillida or Miro. In Malaga there is aiso room for bizarre things. In the Carromato de Max in Mijas you can find real curiosities that you had never would imagine. The museum exposes the miniatures of the original collection of the Profesor Max, a hypnotist who after many travels along his unusu profession decided to offer to the illage all the bizarre pieces that h had recollected. Between many rticles we can underline the only h ad of white man reduced by th Jivaro, the portrait of Abrah m Lincoln painted on the head of a pin or a couple of fleas stuffed and dressed, or "The Last Supper" by Da Vinci reproduced in a grain of rice- If we continue with the miniatures, it is also very interesting the Museo de Casas de Munecas, in Maiaga city which is the first museum of Spain that expose many handmade and unique toy houses, most of them made in the XIX century, apart from other toys and trains also very old. It is also necessary to mention the Museo de Europe in Marbella. Here we can find one of the best bonsai coUection and the best one of wild olive trees in the world. If you prefer to discover new sounds why do not you go to visit the Museo Interactive de la Musica in the city. This is the only place where visitants can try to play themselves the strange instruments instruments come from different time, countries and cultures from flutes made of femurs to a Chinese lute of the VIII century.

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