BY HANNAH MORPETH
Last week I took a break from the busy chaos of my life to relax on the Costa Del Sol and despite returning feeling terribly unwell it was amazing! I’ve taken many a holiday in the north of Spain however this was my first southern experience and I must say I am totally converted by the beauty of Sevilla and Málaga, so much so I am already planning a return trip to spend more time in Sevilla.
One of my favourite things about Málaga is that I felt truly immersed in art and culture, it felt like I was literally tripping over street art, art galleries and fabulous architecture. If it wasn’t street art, it was fabulous street performers. I am absolutely in love with this city.
I was trying to walk to the beach one day but got exhausted by the heat in the wrong outfit and my dawdling lead me to Artsenal, a multidisciplinary arts space unlike any other. A one I wish I’d discovered earlier in my trip to experience more of its wonder, although spending an afternoon sipping drinks, people watching and admiring fabulous art was beyond perfect.
A trip to Málaga would not be complete without a trip to the Picasso Art Museum. I would thoroughly recommend picking up an audio guide, which are available in several languages, on your way into the museum. Having never formally studied any form of art I found it particularly interesting to be talked through Picasso’s life, bringing more understanding to his famous works. The gallery is beautifully curated to take us through Picasso’s life right up until old age with quotes by and about the artist adorning the gallery walls. One of my favourites being:
“A picture is not thought out and settled beforehand. While it is being done it changes as one’s thoughts change. And when it is finished, it still goes on changing, according to the state of mind of whoever is looking at it. A picture lives a life like a living creature, undergoing the changes imposed on us by our life from day to day. This is natural enough, as the picture lives only through the man who is looking at it.” – Pablo Picasso
There are no words better than those of the man himself and no more words needed when there is art below, here is a selection of some of my favourite art moments in Málaga.