CAC stands for Centre de Arte Contemporáneo, which needs no translation, and the white cubic design building, which was once the city’s old Wholesalers’ Market and built in 1939, lies in the heart of the city on the left bank of the river Guadalmedina.
The land on which it stands was reclaimed from the mouth of the river and at one time formed a boundary of the ancient Muslim city (medina). The austere building was designed by Luis Gutiérrez Soto, a prominent Madrid architect and leading exponent of Rationalism, and it was declared an Item of Cultural Value in 1987,
Conversion began in 2000, and the CAC Málaga was officially opened in February 2003 by Spanish Royalty; since which it has staged exhibitions of works by world famous and lesser-known international, as well as local and national artists, which have included such prominent figures in the British art world as Tracey Emin and Gilbert and George.
Refreshingly, entry to the gallery is free, and the 2400 sq metres of exhibition space is bright and spacious, the building houses a café and souvenir bookshop too. Not surprisingly, the CAC holds a special place in the hearts of residents who enjoy modern and often challenging paintings, sculptures and installations.
Innovative programming is inspired by the German Kunsthaus, a ‘House of Art’ that is dynamic and embracing of new trends and forms of expression.
The gallery is easy to find, the local railway station is just 100 metres away with trains running regularly from main tourist centres and the airport. Club La Costa World guests can take the train from Fuengirola for the 40-minute journey, getting off at the final stop. If you choose to go by car, there are car parks close by on the Calle Alemania.
CAC opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, and until 9pm June 26-September 2 inclusive when it closes mid-afternoon from 2pm till 5pm. Closed Monday.