Museums and galleries in Málaga have updated and enhanced their websites to cater for online visitors during the coronavirus lockdown.
With local residents confined to their homes due to the “State of Alarm” (now extended to midnight Saturday, 25 April), and tourists unable to travel, flagship local cultural establishments such as the Málaga Picasso Museum, Centre Pompidou Málaga and Russian Museum of St. Petersburg Collection have also boosted their presence on social media.
Málaga City Hall has brought all the city’s main cultural attractions together on its culture department website and social networks, offering music, virtual reality visits to museums and monuments, theatre, literature, short films and competitions.
Towards the end of March, both the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg Collection and the Centre Pompidou Málaga celebrated their fifth anniversaries, although the celebrations had to be rescheduled online due to the coronavirus lockdown – which also affects all cultural centres.
The Russian Museum of St. Petersburg Collection was inaugurated on 25 March 2015 and the Centre Pompidou Málaga three days later. Both centres have been managed since October 2014 by the public entity responsible for the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Birthplace Foundation and other museums and cultural establishments in the city.
The two centres are offering a varied programme of digital initiatives to mark their respective anniversaries, transferring their exhibitions, activities and visitor experiences to social media.
These include a review of previous exhibitions and artists who have displayed their work at the centres, and other activities carried out within a local artistic framework.
At the Russian Collection, visitors are being invited to “relive” the Radiante Porvenir, Kazimir Malévich and David Burliuk exhibitions; while the Pompidou is featuring its recently-inaugurated “From Miró to Barceló: A Century of Spanish Art” exhibition.
The former is also previewing the content of its forthcoming displays: the annual “Realism: Past and Present-Art and Truth”, and the temporary “Breaking the Silence: Silent Film in Russia” and “Andrei Tarkovsky: Master of Space”.
Meanwhile, paying tribute to Pablo Picasso, who was born in the city in 1881, Málaga Picasso Museum is inviting culture lovers to “look, think and create” while stuck at home, through the #PicassoenCasa programme.
The museum has taken its ongoing mission to promote and share the work and life of Picasso online, with a series of activities, for both adults and children, featured on social networks and its website.
Also available digitally is an extensive schedule of conferences, seminars, interviews with experts, poetry recitals, and concerts that have been held recently at the museum.
When visitors are once again able to travel to Málaga in person, the city and its surroundings areas on the Costa del Sol offer a diverse range of cultural and other attractions.