The aim is to have three temporary exhibitions per year. :: M. C. J.
Mijas has recently expanded its cultural appeal through the opening of a Contemporary Art Centre and Museum that will exhibit original works from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.
The Costa del Sol tourist destination of Mijas is a traditional white Andalusian village but three months ago the art centre known as CACMijas opened its doors to the public showcasing a unique collection modern art. The museum has also been the main tourist attraction used by the municipality of Mijas to promote itself to tour operators at the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) which took place in Madrid last week.
The museum is located in the heart of Mijas historical centre and it is a worthy setting for the private collection that consists of original masterpieces from world renowned artists from the past century and a half. The first collection is known as “Picasso, friends and contemporaries” and consists of lithographs, oil paintings and pottery from the great Malaga-born artist. It also contains pieces by Moreno Carbonero, Muñoz Degrain, Georges Braque and Foujita. The inclusion of Foujita is in response to the large number of Japanese and Asian tourists that have visited Mijas during the past year, with more coming from this region than any other.
The majority of the collection consists of ceramics created by Picasso including “Toro. Borde con hojas”, “The Picador” and “Perfil de toro” which highlight the artist’s passion for bullfighting. The number of ceramics, 86 in total, mean that the museum hosts the second most important collection of ceramic works by the father of cubism.
World famous artists
CACMijas is located in a municipal building that 20 years ago was given to the Remedios Medina Foundation which is now in charge of managing the project. The foundation has devoted the majority of the museum’s space to lithographs, sketches and oil paintings by more than half a dozen world famous painters. Some works which stand out include: “Ecce Homo” by Martínez de la Vega, “Salomé” by Moreno Carbonero, “Bodegón cubista” by Georges Braque and “Paisaje con barca” by Verdugo Landi.
Although the new museum is no doubt a tourist attraction, the organisers aim to maintain direct contact with the municipality in which it is located. Thus, access is free for Mijas residents who are unemployed, over 65 or under 18. The normal price for entry is three euros which goes down to two for groups of more than nine people. It is open Monday to Sunday between the hours of 10am to 6pm.
Furthermore, the management have implemented a programme of alternative activities that draws people of all ages and nationalities towards contemporary art. They will carry out children’s workshops as well as lectures on issues relating to art. Of the museum’s three rooms, two are permanent and one is temporary which means that it becomes a centre in which art lovers can visit regularly in order to experience the new and varying displays on offer. The total collection of the Remedios MedinaFoundation exceeds 550 works of art. The intention is to organise three exhibitions per year.
The management also aim to exhibit new and less well known paintings. Director of the museum, Javier Fractuoso, announced that the next collection will be called “Portrait of the Spanish woman” by Alfredo Pizzo. It will house 32 pieces up to the 1950s and explores the image of women at that time.
Another collection that will be displayed in the town this year is “Picasso and Foujita, geniuses of the East and West”. This is part of a council project to mark the 400th anniversary of the first Japanese visitors to Spain.