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Curiosities of Malaga: “Art Encounters in Genalguacil”, the village museum

Art and nature come together in the Malagan town of Genalguacil in Malaga, in the south of Spain, every first fortnight in August biennially with the initiative “Art Encounters in Genalguacil”, that this year will take place from July 31st to August 14th. Various artists from all over Spain and the world, work, create, live together and exchange ideas and experiences. TheCouncil provides them with accommodation, food, as well as materials, means and equipment for their creations in addition to the publication of a summary catalog. In return, the art pieces made become part of the patrimony of the town that has become a real open-air museum.

If you visit Andalucia on these dates, do not hesitate to come and live this unique experience.In a pleasant stroll with sturdy chestnuts, cork oaks, pines and olive trees in the background, sculptures are erected in stone, wood, ceramics, iron and cork, as well as murals, collages, paintings, photographs and other works that adorn the streets, squares, corners and avenues of the town. Other pieces are exposed in the municipal museum housing works of all the editions.

Genalguacil, Málaga

Genalguacil, Málaga

The idea was born in 1994, and since then it has been carrying out this unique event, object of coexistence and admiration. Just enter the town and you will find yourself with a colorful vane, an Indian totem, and a wooden elephant.

If you keep walking, another work of art will amaze you and leave you with your mouth open. Don’t miss such a comforting stroll through the art world. It is impressing to see how a small town, with just five hundred inhabitants, can hold so much artistic wealth. It is very interesting to see how the steep, narrow streets of an Arab nature overlap with sculptures of all kinds, from the most classic ones to the most modern ones. Another mentioned example are the little paper houses imitating an Andalusian village that are conserved under an arch.

The locals are aware of this initiative that has already lasted two decades and care with dedication and decency every piece of his private collection. For tastes, the colors, and the same occurs in Genalguacil.

Genalguacil. Fotografía Wikipedia.

Genalguacil. Fotografía Wikipedia.

In August, the town comes alive with the arrival of all the artists and in every corner you can find a person in the midst of creation. Chisels, spatulas, brushes, colors… there is no detail missing, for the imagination to make its way. But you can, not only enjoy these pieces outdoors, this unique town keeps a space dedicated to the works that cannot be stored in the open and, as one would expect, the infrastructure that supports it could not be more quirky, an old mill.

Museum of Contemporary Art.

The works that are exposed in this Municipal Museum belong to the artists who have participated in the various stages of “Art Encounters” organized every two years by the City Council of Genalguacil. The works reflect the surroundings of the Genal Valley, where this population is located, either through the use of materials and indigenous resources of the area, or by theme, motive or approaches developed. This museum is located in the old oil mill which gives it a special meaning.

Come to this location and see every detail. The inside has a relaxed design and it obtains an exceptional blend of styles that collect the marked nature of each author. But don’t think that the event stays there. Parallel to these “Art Encounters”, activities, cultural expressions such as film, theater, music, or flamenco are carried out. There are also theater workshops or storytelling in the moonlight, among other initiatives. A series of activities that make this place a chance to enjoy art and cultural expression, without frontiers and where you can let your imagination go.

This is an exception plan for your holidays, where you can be surrounded by a unique natural site and an unparalleled Bohemian atmosphere. Furthermore, the quality of the cuisine of the inland towns of Malaga offers you, in your peculiar trip, the opportunity to taste the typical dishes of Andalusia, and in any tavern in the area you will be able to order a chilled gazpacho or a delicious tapa. Do not think about it and come to the Genal Valley in the first half of August. Bring your camera and immortalize this image that will leave the best taste of your stay in the province of Malaga in your mouth.



Near this artistic town and in an unbeatable beach setting is Fuerte Estepona, the best choice to stay on your vacations. The hotel is located on the beachfront and 5 minutes from the town center between Gibraltar and Puerto Banus. This is an environmentally friendly accommodation that offers you all kinds of services. A spacious venue with 25.000 square meters of gardens at the beachfront with two distinct areas: a family-oriented one and another more peaceful one focused on adults and couples. More than 50 years experience endorses the hotel chain that stands as a quality reference in Costa el Sol.


Hotel Fuerte Estepona

Hotel Fuerte Estepona

One Response to “Curiosities of Malaga: “Art Encounters in Genalguacil”, the village museum”
  1. Hello Everybody!

    Today I found an article about the art festival in the little village of Genalguacil, Malaga, Spain, in a Swedish newspaper ( I found this very interesting… the festival taking place just now… 31.7.-14.8.2014…

    I suppose that is a very nice little village in Spain and I suppose there are a lot of nice houses, gates and gardens etc that I liked very much to make some drawings about… a gallery of drawings… So I tried to find some photos about something there so that I didn’t need to travel anywhere at the moment, but, however, could make the drawings at home… But however, I didn’t find any suitable photos from the village… I suppose I cannot have mistaken – there must be all kind of beautiful scenes to make a gallery of drawings of the beauty of the little, Spanish village… I cannot but hope you understand what I am trying to mean… and trying to explain with my poor English…

    However, I found some pictures about some art that possible is from there, this tiny village of Genalguacil. I hope there is no-one who has something against it I put some of the photos I found in the internet into my blog.

    In case there is someone who wants to invite me sometimes to this little village to make a gallery of drawings about the village, it would be very nice… However, I cannot guarantee I succeed (I am not such an educated artist…), but who knows… in my blog you can find some of my drawings made of brown ink on some water color paper… my work does not cost much and I can pay my costs by myself and give my work away anyway. And in case I happened to succeed, such a gallery of drawings could probably be used to some tourist advertisement in internet or on some travel-brochures… in case I succeed… I wouldn’t wonder in case there were some others who would like to do the same thing. However, I wouldn’t mind… two persons don’t make identical works…

    And what about the next idea of mine… have you had someone there making some blog about different places in Spain… there might be a lot to take photos and make drawings of and to write about… Such a blog might not need to work as some tourist “advertisement” for Spain, but just like some independent work about Spain… something nice… even if it could work for tourism, too… I don’t quite know what I would like to think about the modern mass-tourism of today… is it really so good or not if thought in the long run… even if it can bring a lot of money to the country… In case there is some (e g some tourist or culture bureau) interested in my proposal, don’t hesitate to contact me… I am an already retired person who don’t do anything for money… The reason why I am not rushing alone to all kind of places already on my own is that I don’t know anything about e g Spain so I could have problems to plan some suitable trip… and I also don’t like to travel to places alone and without plans and need to know places where to stay as I regard it not at all safety or even suitable thing for me to do… so I have preferred to stay at home instead… However, some time ago I did send some offers to some travel-agencies and offered to make / keep some blog with drawings from their travel-destinations e g… So this is a similar offer to Spain and to the little village of Genalguacil… In case someone is interested in my offers I must be honest and tell that it is possible I needed someone who checked my English in the texts I write, because my skills in English are not so good… I suppose…

    My art-blog is an experiment where I try to keep a blog for no costs at all and all the photos are just taken with a Nokia C2-01 mobile telephone camera, that I, however, found very good. However, that model seems to have disappeared from the markets already… and I don’t know if there is any as good as that to be found… the things must be very easy to use technically… something that all the modern telephones seem not to be.

    Greetings from Finland,

    Irmeli Grunau

    Blog: Painter’s Gallery –


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