When you picture the city and municipality of Marbella in southern Spain, what immediately comes to your mind? A lot of people might picture the best in sun, sea, and sand – but others picture, well, pictures.
To be more specific, we’re referring to the Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo, otherwise known as the Contemporary Spanish Engraving Museum, which has just celebrated three decades since its opening.
But why should you make this museum one of your destinations if you’re making use of our Marbella luxury transfers to discover some of the wonders of southern Spain that might not be obvious at first glance?
It’s been quite the three decades – with so much more to come
As recently reported by SUR in English, this print museum in Marbella first opened its doors way back on 28th November 1992. It was the brainchild of the late Spanish art historian José Luis Morales y Marín (1945-1998), who donated more than 1,400 pieces of his own to start the gallery’s collection. He remained the institution’s director until his death.
Today, the museum – which is based in the former Bazán hospital in Marbella’s old town – remains the only museum of its type in the whole of the country. It has therefore been a point of reference down the years for various respected collectors and auction houses.
Important events have also been held at the venue through the years, such as the International Goya Congress in 1996 which marked the 250th anniversary of Francisco Goya’s birth, and the exhibition Millares: Pintura, Dibujos y un Artefacto (painting, drawings and an artefact) in 2015 – the latter featuring one of the few sculptures ever created by Manolo Millares.
But what about you, the typical visitor in the 2020s? Well, the gallery’s collection now numbers over 4,000 prints by many of the most acclaimed Spanish artists in history, ranging from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí to Antoni Tàpies and Pablo Serrano.
Those works have been produced with a broad variety of print techniques, encompassing etching, lithography, serigraphy (silkscreen), xylography (engraving on wood), and even digital printing.
The museum also continues to be a focal point for workshops, conferences, and other activities.
Basically, if you have even the most casual interest in art prints by some of the most talented Spanish artists to ever live, this is one of the places to which to head in the historic part of Marbella.
The charms of Marbella are many – and we can help you discover them
Marbella’s galleries and museums are among the most underrated reasons to visit this part of the Costa del Sol – although there is also so much more to be seen and experienced.
Whether you head to southern Spain in order to soak up some of the best in the arts and culture, fine dining, golf, or other sporting or leisure opportunities, you will likely get more out of your trip if you have a means of travelling from place to place quickly, at times that are convenient to you.
That’s where our Marbella luxury transfers come in. Call +34 951 279 117 today, or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org, to learn more about our great-value private hire transfers around the Costa del Sol, and to book your vehicle for your upcoming trip.