The temporary exhibition is housed in two rooms. :: M. C. J.
The arrival of the hot weather has by no means led to a reduction in activity at the ‘CAC Mijas’ Contemporary Art Centre. This gallery in the historic centre of Mijas Pueblo, which was inaugurated last November, is now holding its second temporary exhibition, titled ‘Retratos de mujer’ (Portraits of woman) until the end of September. Visitors to the centre, which is dedicated to works by 20th century artists, are able to see about 30 paintings featuring women, which have been created by geniuses such as Pablo Picasso and Ricardo Opisso.
This collection, which is the property of the Remedios Medina Foundation, opened on 6 June and will remain on display until 28 September. The Remedios Medina Foundation has been managing the gallery, which is in Calle Malaga, since it opened. The exhibition enables visitors to learn more about the different techniques which were used by these Spanish artists throughout their careers. The works are varied, ranging from pastels to lithography, and they show the evolution of the styles and techniques of the ‘Father of Cubism’ and his Catalan contemporary, as well as displaying the versatility that characterised the professional careers of both these artists.
A room for each artist
The CAC Mijas has a total of three exhibition rooms and two of them are being used to house this temporary exhibition, one for each of the artists. The works of Opisso, who is well known for the use of colour in most of his paintings, show women in a wide range of postures: from the classical Andalusian flamenco dancer to women in poses that recall the models from the ‘New Look’ era of the 1950s and 1960s.
The paintings by Picasso barely need any introduction: the personal style and composition of this artist, who was born in Malaga, is obvious in every one of the pictures on display, even those which date back to the early days before Cubism became his sign of identity.
At present, the CAC Mijas is open every day of the week between 10am and 8pm, as the opening hours have been extended during the summer months. Entrance to the museum (which enables visitors to see the permanent exhibition as well as the temporary ones) costs three euros for individuals or two euros per person for groups of nine or more people who book in advance. Entrance also costs two euros for people over the age of 65, and is free of charge for the unemployed and children. Advance reservations may be made by telephoning 952 590 262 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interesting for tourists
The opening of this contemporary arts centre, which focuses on the master artists of the 20th century (the permanent collection includes the largest collection of ceramics by Picasso in Europe as well as works by Salvador Dalí, Georges Braque and José Moreno Carbonero) has been a qualitative leap for the cultural and tourism sector of Mijas Pueblo. Figures collated by the management since the gallery opened show that most of those who have visited the building (which is owned by the council) have been foreign tourists, especially from Asia and Europe, although during the summer months the percentage has varied, mainly due to the general increase in the number of Spanish tourists to the Costa del Sol at this time of year.
The interest that has been shown by Asian tourists in this museum and gallery since it opened is clear from the numerous visits that have been organised by consular delegations, tour operators and other tourism companies. A major attraction also lies within the walls of the CAC Mijas for visitors from that part of the world: the collection includes several works by Japanese artist Tsugouharu Foujita.