The immersive installation ‘Emblemas’ at the Thyssen Museum is free of charge.
The immersive installation ‘Emblemas’ at the Thyssen Museum is free of charge. / Francisco Hinojosa

The Thyssen Museum in Malaga opens up to contemporary art

  • The Transdisciplina A/V collective has created a visual and sound installation from four emblematic works from the museum's collection

If you have 17 minutes free and want to enjoy something rather unusual, very lovely and completely free of charge, head for the Sala Noble in the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga. Once there, in the darkness, try to blank your mind and keep your eyes open. On the bare walls images will start to appear, sounds will come from somewhere and the final result will bring a moment of ultimate comfort. Because just as the health crisis is starting to have such a social, economic and cultural impact, the museum is offering something very special from the Transdisciplina A/V collective: a sound and visual installation called Emblemas, which its creators describe as an "immersive experience".

It may seem strange for a museum which specialises in 19th and 20th-century works to host something so contemporary, but Emblemas is based on four paradigmatic works from the Thyssen's own collection: Julia, by Ramón Casas; Santa Marina, by Zurbarán; La Buenaventura, by Julio Romero de Torres; and El Patio de la Casa de Sorolla, by Joaquín Sorolla.

From the portrait of Julia come 84 other pictures of women, from María Zambrano to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, blending into one another as you watch; from Sorolla's landscape, the elements are deconstructed and transformed into undulations flirting with abstraction; 'Santa Marina' becomes a powerful visible reconstruction of the life of this martyr, and Romero de Torres' La Buenaventura' becomes a soundtrack.

This very special experience can be enjoyed until 9 April.