Malaga to host Spanish branch of Russian State Museum

Published:  29 May at 6 PM
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A new cultural treat for the thousands of Russian expats now living in Malaga will open early next year.

An old tobacco factory in Spain’s popular expat haven of Malaga is being converted into the West’s first extension of a major Russian museum. The resort city is now home to tens of thousands of Russian immigrants, and attracts many Russian tourists every summer.

St Petersburg’s State Russian Museum, not be be mistaken for the city’s magnificent Hermitage Museum but still a cultural icon in its own right, will send exhibits once the renovation of the La Tabacalera building is finished. The new museum will compete for visitors with the upcoming permanent modern art exhibition due to be an extension of Paris’s Pompidou Centre art museum.

A spokesperson from the State Russian Museum told local media that about 100 works of art including traditional Byzantine Russian icons, paintings by Chagall and Kandinsky and Social Realism artworks from the Soviet era will be on permanent display. Annual temporary exhibitions of around 60 works of art have been promised under a 10-year preliminary agreement.

Once famed as the Costa del Red Barrel for its package tourism, British grub and beer, Malaga has spent millions on improving its cultural attractions over the last decade. It’s now best known for its Picasso Museum hosting an impressive collection of the works of the city’s most celebrated son.
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