Unicaja Foundation Malaga, the enviable exhibition “From Raphael to Bacon”


There are several pathways to follow to guarantee a polished, elevated result with coherence while curating an exhibition. Starting from the process of selection, all the artwork is categorized according to the artistic movement it belongs to, or the historical period in which its creation date falls. Most museums have a mentality of grouping together collections in this way, in chronological order.

However, this is not the case for private collectors and galleries. In such spaces and institutions, aesthetic movements and their consequent values are factored in and prioritized instead. The least common path to follow is to employ a relational connectivity between the displayed pieces of art. This is where the creative liberty of the curator comes in, taking over the overall outline, to generate the most holistic experience and inspiring outcome. Do you want to know what to expect from this inspired meeting of influential figures, covering four entire centuries, spanning from around the 16th century to the 20th?

On the whereabouts of said exhibition

Hosted by the Centro Cultural Foundation Unicaja de Malaga in Plaza del Obispo, this must-visit exhibition is right in the heart of Centro Historico. If you are able to spot the old bishop’s palace by the Cathedral, you are in the right place.

When is the final day of the expo?

The running period of “From Rafael to Bacon” started on the 15th of May and is going to be up and running until the 18th of August. The working hours are 10:00 – 14:00 and 16:00 – 19:00 every Monday to Saturday. Only on Sundays and holidays does the schedule change to 10:00 – 14:00.

What is the name behind this private collection and who performed the curation?

Collecting brush strokes from the Mannerists El Greco, Pedro Berruguete, and Bronzino, and Baroque artists Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera, and Rembrandt; to Cubists Georges Braque and Juan Gris, and Surrealist masters Miró and Dalí, there really are no dull artistic moments featured on this project! Conchita Romero, the curator responsible for the enviable exhibition “From Rafael to Bacon”, is all about clever positioning in order for one virtuoso painter to accentuate the elements of the other.

Trust me when I say, there are quite a few masters, showcased as a collective overflow of versatile styles- Yes, you heard correctly, even though I name-dropped there are more, which I was not able to mention)- the only way for you to experience them is if you pay the 3 euro donation and see for yourself. Instantly, by stepping your foot in the same space as those highly-priced, world-class canvases that the collector Juan Abello has accumulated, it becomes evident that Abello and Romero together have the artistic vision of a team of masterminds. More information about both the history of the Artwork and the behind- the- scenes of the expo you can visit the Unicaja Foundation article on the matter.

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