Russian art museum to open Spanish satellite
Mayor of Málaga signs deal in St Petersburg this week, following Centre Pompidou agreement
By Javier Pes and Laurie Rojas. Web only
Published online: 27 May 2014
Málaga in southern Spain will open a branch of the State Russian Museum, the first European satellite of the St Petersburg art museum. The ten-year agreement, which was sealed today, 27 May, in the Russian city, means that around 100 works from St Petersburg will go on show in a former tobacco factory from early 2015 as well as temporary exhibitions.
The mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, was in St Petersburg this week along with the director of the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal, José María Luna, to meet representatives from the State Russian Museum, Spanish media reports.
The art due to be lent by the Russian art museum will range from 15th-century icons to 20th-century paintings, including Cubist and Constructivist works as well as Socialist Realist ones. They will be shown in 2,300 sq. m space within the former tobacco factory, which also houses a car museum. The grandiose factory was built in the 1920s.
Late last year, de la Torre persuaded the Centre Pompidou to open a satellite, which is also due to open next year, in a space on the city’s waterfront. The mayor of the Spanish city, which was Picasso’s birthplace, is keen to strengthen its cultural pulling power. In the past tourists flying to Málaga tended to head straight for the beaches or villas inland.
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