Renting or buying a property for holidays on the Costa del Sol usually means lots of beach days and sunshine. A swathe of sunny coastline and bags of sunshine are just the ticket to a relaxing break. Topping up your tan might be a very good reason to stay here, but cultural activities count too. There’s a wealth of art and culture just a short distance away in Málaga city. Besides the permanent exhibitions, there’s always something else to see. Temporary or seasonal exhibitions provide a chance to see something new and different. Let’s take a closer look at the current exhibitions running in Málaga.

Art and museum culture

There are so many locations around Málaga city to indulge your creative spirit. Sunday afternoons mean free entry to most of the art galleries and museums, if you don’t mind art appreciation that’s a little more crowded. Weekdays are best, less crowds, more time to get up close and see the detail that delights many an art critic. Here are some of the best current and temporary events, showing right now. Art and music  – something for everyone.

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What? The Appearance of Reality – 50 Years of Realist Art in Spain

This comprises fifty selected works from three different generations, artists born in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. Each piece of work in the exhibition, whether they be figures, interiors, still life art or views, show us connections to the outstanding masters of the Realism of the past.

Where and when? Museo Carmen Thyssen. Now showing until September 10th.

What? Starck: Secret Drawings

On May 10th, 4,000 sketches were unveiled at one of the most popular museums in Málaga. Secret Drawings are a representation and exploration inside Starck’s mind, allowing us to discover his focus, work, and creativity.

Where and when? Centre Pompidou. Now showing until September 17th.

Music to your ears

What? Ara Malikian

Ara Malikian is a Spanish violinist of Lebanese origin who has won numerous awards worldwide, establishing him as a great artist. He has performed in the best concert halls around the world, and this is a fantastic opportunity to hear him play.

Where and when? You’ll have to wait until 10th August, so not strictly a current event, but one worth buying tickets for in advance. The venue is Estepona, Plaza de Toros de Estepona, Calle Santo Domingo Guzmán.

*July sees the start of the eagerly anticipated Starlite Marbella, which we’ll cover in depth closer tot he event.

What? The Uva Festival

A little further away, but still within the province of Malaga, sees the Descalzos Viejos bodega (formerly a monastery) presenting the Uva Festival. This is mainly electronic music and visual arts. There will be European DJs and producers, famous in the clubbing world of Europe’s capital cities.

When and where? Bodega Descalzos Viejos, from the 2nd to the 4th of June.

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