Museum Jorge Rando celebrates birthday with a new artists' residence

Jorge Rando, in front of part of his new exhibition.
Jorge Rando, in front of part of his new exhibition. / Francis Silva
  • The space to accommodate 'great masters' of expressionism from all over the world is 'practically finished'

"This museum is a spotlight, not a mirror." Jorge Rando repeats the sentence with determination several times as he talks to the press on the occasion of the seventh anniversary of the centre than hosts his work and that of other expressionist artists.

This spotlight is now focused firmly on the museum's two new projects: a residence for artists to stay in and the second expansion of the premises in the Molinillo district of Malaga city.

At his nearly 80 years of age, Rando explained at the end of last week that the residence is "practically finished" with the completion of works due at the end of this month. The local artist was more cautious about revealing inauguration dates, or even specifying the location of the residence, which is not on the museum premises.

The museum's director, Vanesa Díez, explained that the residence will accommodate "great masters of painting" linked to expressionism. Contacts have already been established to arrange the arrival of artists from countries such as Germany, the UK and China. "We often focus on the contemporary and we want to highlight the masters," said Díez.

As well as the residence project, Museum Jorge Rando is also finalising the second expansion of its premises in El Molinillo, after new galleries were opened last October. The project includes "a great artistic workshop as a meeting point for painters from all over the world", added the director.

Meanwhile though, the museum has opened a new exhibition, Soldiers, with the artist's most recent work.

Over its seven years, Museum Jorge Rando has hosted 29 exhibitions and 730 cultural activities, all free of charge, as is admission to the galleries.

It has also established 23 agreements with national and international organisations and runs five social inclusion programmes centred around art.

"A museum has to be living, it has to belong to society," said Díez.