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Málaga’s mayor says the Pompidou is coming

Paris museum plans to open a satellite branch in the southern Spanish city

Museo Picasso Málaga

The mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, announced early in December that the Centre Pompidou in Paris plans to open a satellite branch in the southern Spanish city.

Around 70 works from the French centre’s collection are due to go on show in a new glass-and-steel structure called The Cube in 2015. According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the annual €1m cost of the five-year project will be funded by the city council, which is also seeking private sponsorship. But a spokesman for the Centre Pompidou says that “nothing is confirmed and negotiations are still ongoing. It is definitely not an outpost in the style of the Centre Pompidou-Metz [which opened in northern France in 2010]”.

In 2012, Alain Seban, the president of the Pompidou, announced plans to form a network of “temporary centres” around the world, indicating that these new outposts would be primarily in Brazil, Russia, India and China. The port city where Picasso was born has been developing into a cultural destination over the past decade: the Museo Picasso Málaga (above) celebrated its tenth birthday last year, and the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga opened in 2012.

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