Phone: 0034 952 120 055
Fax: 0034 952 21 01 77

Centro De Arte Contemporáneo De Málaga

The CAC Málaga is a cultural initiative from The City Council of Málaga. Its aim is the promotion and dissemination of 20th- and 21st-century visual art by bringing the most recent trends in contemporary art to the public, expressed through visual and audiovisual means.

The project is an innovative one within Spain as it combines models of private management with the aims and ideals of public administration. The CAC Málaga was officially opened on 17 February 2003 by Their Royal Highnesses the Infanta Cristina and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín, Dukes of Palma.

Without forgetting its support for local and national artists, the CAC Málaga opened with a clearly stated mission that was directed towards international art, with the intention of becoming a reference point both on the national as well as the European circuit.

A pioneering new project was thus launched, based on the model of the German "Kunsthalle". According to this model, the Centre has been conceived as a "House of Art" which is dynamic and open to new trends and forms of expression in contemporary art and characterised by its dynamic nature, its emphasis on the dissemination of contemporary art and reflection on the issues involved in this field. The result is a wide variety of activities and a permanent reflection on contemporary art, its sources and influences. The Centre is a place which encourages local participation and places great emphasis on teaching and education.

The CAC Málaga holds exhibitions and other events of a pioneering nature within the context of Spain, strengthening the presence of artists who have never been exhibited in... [ Read all ]

 Permanent Collection Highlights (15)

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Permanent Collection

The permanent collection of the CAC Málaga is made up of around 400 pieces donated by private collectors. Parallel to this the City Council of Málaga is gradually adding to the collection through its programme of acquisitions, launched in 2003.

The collection itself includes works from late 19th century Impressionism by artists such as Beruete and Regollos, and spans the different movements and artistic tendencies of the 20th century. The collection also includes a large number of recently created pieces which are more artistically experimental and therefore more difficult to classify concretely. These represent the eclectic landscape of contemporary art in the present day.

Collection highlights include the period 1950 to the present with particular emphasis on North American art of the 1960s represented here by artists such as Lichtenstein and Stella. There is also a section dedicated to Spanish painting from the 1980s, a decade in which this medium enjoyed a resurgence. In this section artists such as Broto, Campano, Sicilia, Quejido, Cobo, Barceló, Uslé and Gordillo are represented.

The collection contains both national and international names and covers all artistic disciplines, from the traditional such as painting, sculpture and photography, to the more modern and innovative such as installations, videos and a mix of expressive languages.

Human Landscape is the title of a new presentation of the CAC Málaga permanent collection, which can be seen in Málaga City Council¹s cultural centre, directed by Fernando Francés, curator of this show. Human beings and their circumstances are the main theme of this exhibition, which brings to...+ [ Read all ]


30 March – 17 June 2007

CAC Málaga presents Ron Mueck’s first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum or art centre. The show features a monumental sculpture of a baby, five metres tall, made from polyester resin. This is accompanied by maquettes, videos and colour tests illustrating the creative process behind the piece, as well as a documentary on the artist.

A Girl typifies the Australian artist’s habit of using vastly exaggerated dimensions to portray the human, whilst also clearly embodying influences from classical sculpture: the most important, indeed, practically the only, reference in Mueck’s piece. Not in vain are pregnancy, birth and motherhood among the recurring themes in a sculptural work that approaches classical subjects from a modern, uninhibited standpoint.

Mueck is a clear and representative example of contemporary sculpture, in which a salient feature is the masterful use of scale. His universe is framed within the hyperrealist tradition, by a naturalism that is taken to extremes. Ron Mueck does not merely imitate reality; he imbues his figures with the ability to express feelings, persuading the viewer that these are works with their own inner life and psychological depths.

In his text for the exhibition catalogue, CAC Málaga director Fernando Francés confesses that, of all the artists that have moved him, Ron Mueck is perhaps the only one to have done so by modifying reality towards exaggeration, whether by defect or through excess. According to Francés, Mueck’s works “generate a surprising provocation in the viewer’s gaze, and they do so not only by the dramatic quality and the coldness that his figures ...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

JULIAN OPIE 5 December 2006 - 18 March 2007
LARA ALMARCEGUI 2 February - 18 March 2007
LIBIA CASTRO & ÓLAFUR ÓLAFSSON 26 January - 11 March 2007
CARO NIEDERER 17 November 2006 - 21 January 2007
DIEGO SANTOS 1 December 2006 - 14 January 2007
RAYMOND PETTIBON 22 September - 3 December 2006
TIM WHITE-SOBIESKI 22 September - 15 November 2006
JASON RHOADES 8 June - 29 October 2006
DAVIDELFIN 8 August - 20 September 2006
SANTIAGO SIERRA 26 May - 13 August 2006
CARLES CONGOST 29 June - 6 August 2006
ACRÍLICOS 28 June - 2 July 2006
SERGIO PREGO 23 May - 25 June 2006
MÁLAGACREA 5 - 28 May 2006
PETER ZIMMERMANN 24 March - 28 May 2006
TERE RECARENS 18 April - 21 May 2006
ANTONIO YESA 3 February - 30 April 2006
ANISH KAPOOR 27 January - 30 April 2006
SANTIAGO CIRUGEDA 29 March - 16 April 2006
RUTH GÓMEZ 1 - 26 March 2006
GUILLERMO PANEQUE 20 January - 19 March 2006
RUNA ISLAM 20 January - 26 February 2006
VANESSA BEECROFT 9 November 2005 - 12 January 2006
JAUME PLENSA 7 October - 24 December 2005
dEmo 26 October - 20 November 2005
AMADOR 21 October - 6 November 2005
LIAM GILLICK 16 September - 5 November 2005
DOROTHY CROSS 23 September - 16 October 2005
BJORN MELHUS 6 -20 September 2005
NEO RAUCH 24 June - 18 September 2005
CRISTINA MARTÍN LARA 9 August - 4 September 2005
TERESITA FERNÁNDEZ 3 June - 4 September 2005
CHEMA LUMBRERAS 1 July - 4 September 2005
JASON MARTIN 1 - 30 July 2005
RECENT PAINTINGS: ALEX KATZ 11 March - 12 June 2005
THE NEW BARBARIANS: TIM ...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (15)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

25 May – 26 August 2007

22 June – 19 August 2007


Free entry

Opening hours

Tuesdays to Sundays: 10:00 to 20:00
Mondays closed

Tuesdays to Sundays: 10:00 to 14:00 and 17:00 to 21:00
Mondays closed

Visitors are asked to leave the galleries 15 minutes before the building is closed.
The Museum is closed on 25th December and 1st January.

Getting there

Calle Alemania s/n
29001 Málaga

Tel: +34 952 120 055
Fax: +34 952 21 01 77

Located in the very heart of the city, between the Avenida del Comandante Benítez and Calle Alemania, the Centre offers a range of transport options:

BUS: five minutes on foot from the departure/arrival point of most of the city bus lines, and 15 minutes walk from the main bus station.

RAILWAY: the local railway station is located 100 metres away. This connects Malaga with the main tourist resorts and other cities on the west coast, with a train every 30 minutes:
Airport – 12 minutes
Torremolinos – 21 minutes
Benalmádena – 28 minutes
Fuengirola – 40 minutes
The Mainline (Renfe) station is located 15 minutes walk away from the CAC Málaga.

CAR: If you decide to come to the CAC Málaga by car, you can park in any of the numerous public and private car parks in the city centre. There are various private ones on the Calle Alemania. Public car parks in Malaga offer space for around 3,120 cars:
Tejón y Rodriguez
San Juan de la Cruz
Calle Camas
Avenida de Andalucía

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News and events

As an additional element in its programme, the CAC Málaga also offers events such as performances, film cycles and book launches.
The CAC Málaga's programme is complemented by the addition of a cafeteria and a bookshop specialising in books on art.

For the Calendar of Events, please see or tel: +34 952 12 00 55.



The workshop and activities programme has been specially designed to bring children and teenagers close to contemporary art for the first time. The programme also involves cultural associations for the elderly, residents of the area and other social groups.

For those already involved in the art world, such as teachers and students of Fine Art, Art History and Aesthetics, the CAC Málaga has set up courses to be given by artists and specialists. These offer in-depth information on art trends and movements of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

Intensive seminars on specific subjects are offered to artists and specialists in the study of contemporary art, analysing different aspects of artistic activity and its context. These also cover social issues such as genre, immigration, globalisation, architecture and urbanism, sexuality, identity and the environment, among others.

Guided tours and lectures are also organised by the education department, involving local, national and international artists of recognised status in the art world.

The CAC Málaga is open to ideas proposed by local residents, given that their participation is one of the key aims of the Centre over the next few years.



These are aimed at all types of groups and associations interested in delving into the world of contemporary art. These visits are free of charge and tailored to the age and level of the participants.

People, groups and education centres interested in making an appointment or receiving more information about any of the events can do so by phone on +34 952 12 00 55 or via e-mail to

12.00 - Guided tour, Permanent and Temporary collections
The tour takes approximately 30 minutes.
11.00 - Guided tour, Permanent and Temporary collections
Approximate duration 1 hour.
12.00 - Guided tour, Permanent and Temporary collections
Approximate duration 1 hour.



Once again, the CAC Málaga Education Department is including among its activities a programme of guided tours entitled "Walks along CAC Málaga". It takes the shape of a series of thematic itineraries around the permanent and temporary exhibitions at the centre. The visits, which are free, are open to anyone interested and there is no need to book ahead.

The CAC Málaga Education Department organises children's workshops and guided tours on both Saturdays and Sundays, extending the centre's programme of activities to provide more ways of bringing contemporary art to the general public. Advance registration is not required for these activities, which are free of charge.
11.00 - Childrens’ workshop.
A workshop for children aged between five and eleven years of age. A maximum of 20 participants may take part in this one-hour activity, which is aimed at awakening the curiosity of younger members of the public about current trends in contemporary art and at making their first encounter with an art centre a positive, enriching experience. The workshop is structured into two different parts. The first part takes place in the exhibition hall, where Education Department staff show the children a series of works from the "Human Landscape" permanent collection. In the second part, the children go to the workshop to create their own artworks.


The Friends of the CAC Malaga Association is a body whose aim is to focus the participation and support of institutions, private companies, social groups and individuals.
Through the Friends of the CAC Malaga Association, all those who would like to become involved in the functioning of the Centre will have a place in which to express their interest in the protection, encouragement and support of contemporary art as well as exhibitions and planned events.
The Association will promote and stimulate the acquisition of works for the Permanent Collection, as well as sponsoring activities and exhibitions.
All those who wish to be involved with the life of the CAC Malaga will be able to do so through the Friends' Association: private individuals, public and private entities, large and small companies.
Various different types of membership have been devised with this end in mind:

- Corporate Benefactor
A minimum annual contribution of 200.000 euros
Donation of works proposed by the Centre.
- Corporate Protector
Minimum annual contribution of 30.000 euros (for five years)
Minimum annual contribution of 18.000 euros (for five years)
and/or donation of work proposed by the Centre.
- Corporate Collabborator
Minimum annual contribution of 6.000 euros (for five years)
and/or temporary loan of works of art to the Permanent Collection of the CAC Malaga.

- Permanent Benefactor
Donation of works suggested by the Centre.
- Protector Member
Minimum annual contribution of 150 Euros (for two years) and/or temporary loan of works.
- Collaborative Member
Minimum annual contribution of 75 Euros (for two years) ...+ [ Read all ]