Located on the first floor of Malaga’s Tabacaler (the former tobacco factory) a building which also houses the Museo Automovilístico (car museum), the 7,500 square metre gallery has been inaugurated with an inclusive collection of Russian art from five centuries, titled “Arte Ruso. The museum displays works by Ilya Repin, Wassily Kandinsky and Vladimir Tatlin. De los iconos al siglo XX” (“From icons to the twentieth century”) and a temporary exhibition of artworks centring on the creator of the Ballets Russes, Sergei Diaghilev, and called “La época de Diaghilev” (“The era of Diaghilev”).
After touring the Russian Museum mayor of Málaga Francisco la Torre said he was thrilled to see the latest phase in the city’s transformation. “It’s a feeling of great satisfaction for me,” said the fast-talking mayor. While his People’s party colleagues across the country have been accused of crippling the country’s cultural sector with tax hikes and cuts to subsidies, De la Torre has done the opposite, pouring tens of millions into turning Málaga into a big-name arts hub.