The order to stay at home to stop the spread of Covid-19 has given us all the possibility of peeping through the curtain at Malaga's succulent cultural scene, despite the majority of the venues being closed.
The Carmen Thyssen Museum offers virtual visits to its collection and also to some of its temporary exhibitions; the Picasso Museum in Malaga has made an audio guide available, with explanations of some of the most important works of its current show Genealogies of Art; and the Dolmens of Antequera are also within 'click' range.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga offers a 360º tour of its permanent collections and temporary exhibitions Fortuny the Printmaker; Arabian Fantasy. Orientalist Painting in Spain (1860-1900); Max Ernst, Natural History, among other previous shows on its website (www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org/visitas-virtuales).
The Thyssen museum also offers a virtual tour of its premises in the city's Calle Compañía, which occupy the impressive Villalón mansion.
The tour takes in the Sala Noble as well as the courtyard and the terraces, helping the viewer prepare for the upcoming exhibition Masks. Metamorphosis of Modern Identity, which was due to open on 23 March but will now be delayed until the health crisis is over.
Museo Picasso Málaga
The Museo Picasso Málaga (www.museopicassomalaga.org) is displaying the impressive exhibition Genealogies of Art with an explanatory audio guide in various languages (selected from a drop down menu).
The Sea at l'Estaque (1878-1879) by Paul Cézanne; Three Figures Under a Tree (1907-08) by Pablo Ruiz Picasso; Black Square (1915) by Kazimir Malevich; and the Landscape with Two Poplars (1912) by Vasili Kandinsky; reveal their secrets through the audio notes provided by the museum.
The megalithic constructions that make up the dolmen site in Antequera, Menga, Viera and El Romeral, can also be visited without leaving the confines of your home, thanks to the website Google Arts & Culture (artsandculture.google.com/).
This site also has virtual tours of the urban art that can be seen in the area around the Malaga CAC museum, which forms part of the MAUS programme; as well as a visit to some of the more emblematic works held in the Carmen Thyssen Museum.
Pompidou and Russian Museum
Both the Pompidou and the Russian Museum have videos uploaded on the web. The Pompidou (www.centrepompidou-malaga.eu/) concentrates on the exhibition by artist Philip Starck while the Russian Museum (https://www.coleccionmuseoruso.es/) offers virtual guided tours and other activities.
Local channel Canal Málaga (www.canalmalaga.es/factoria-echegaray) proposes to convert the sofa into front row theatre stalls with online recordings of several Spanish theatre productions performed at the Echegaray theatre.
Writers such as Michel Houllebecq, Antonio Escohotado, Laura Freixas and Fernando Aramburu; filmmaker John Waters; and the widow of writer Borges, María Kodama, are among the speakers in more than 200 talks and lectures (in Spanish) organised by La Térmica cultural centre and available on its website. www.latermicamalaga.com/