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The Museum of Contemporary Spanish Printmaking

Though it is often overlooked by visitors to the area, this unique museum is home to work by geniuses such as Picasso, Miró and Dalí. Located in a small medieval palace in Marbella’s medina quarter, this museum exhibits the works of artists from the 15th Century to the present day.

By:  Helena G. Piera
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Printmaking museum
(Museo del Grabado Español Contemporáneo)
Birth: 1992
Location: Marbella
Stands out for: hosting the National Printmaking prize each year
Did you know? The collection includes famous prints by Picasso, Miró and Dalí

Decorative printmaking began in China soon after paper was invented around the year 105. However, in Europe it wasn’t developed as an artistic technique until the 15th Century when paper making techniques arrived in Europe from the East. Even though it may seem strange, the only museum exclusively dedicated to this kind of artwork in Spain is the Museo del Grabado in Marbella. To be more precise, this collection is housed within a medieval tower in the old part of the city, the distinctive medina quarter with its balconies adorned with red carnations, stray cats prowling the streets and women dressed in black, figures reminiscent of another era.

The museum was opened in 1992 by its founder and director, the late Professor José Luis Morales y Marín. He was a collector of prints and, according to chief curator Germán M. Borrachero, “a famous authority on the subject of Francisco de Goya’s works and contemporary painters like Maella and Bayeau”. The professor chose the present site for a variety of reasons: the opportunity of restoring a palace dating back to the 16th century, and more auspiciously “it was in the stars.”

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“It is a museum not only in the physical sense of the word: a place to exhibit art. It is also a dynamic force: a place to meet up, to research, and have fun”, comments Borrachero. The museum exhibits and preserves works created using a variety of techniques such as lithography, silk screen printing, xylography, additive techniques and digital printing. “It is a Spanish museum without focusing exclusively on Spain. Museums should always try and keep abreast of what is going on in the rest of the world”, explains Borrachero. The museum has exibited work from emerging international artists, as well as work from the past, such as the series by Francisco de Goya, Los Desastres de la Guerra (War Disasters).

At the moment the museum houses a collection of over four thousand prints. This figure is constantly growing thanks to donations from artists, individuals, institutions and the prestigious Premios Nacionales de Grabado (National Prize for Printmaking) celebrated at the museum every year. The collection is made up of work by a variety of artists and includes lithographies, etchings and stencils, produced in the 15th century up to the present day.

The museum aims to help people understand the evolution of all printmaking techniques and styles that have existed throughout history. Its permanent collection contains works by Miró, Dalí and Picasso. They also produce exhibitions which have travelled as far as Buenos Aires. “This is an aspect i find particularly gratifying. Not only does it promote the museum, but also because it gives us the opportunity to work together and enjoy the collection. It helps keep it alive, rather than stored away in basement somewhere,” explains Borrachero.

Getting there?

Museo del Grabado
C/ Hospital Bazán, s/n.
29601 Marbella (Málaga)
+34 952765741, info(a)
Monday and Saturday: 09:00 - 14:00
Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 - 14:00 and 18:00 - 21:00
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Entrance fee: 3 €

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El 10 July 2009 a las 7:37 AM, jose hernandez quero dijo...

os mando un saludo

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El 14 December 2009 a las 1:19 AM, tom shahriari dijo...

I have several prints purchase in Spain in the 1960’s. They are signed H. Guero. Could you perhaps tell me something about this artist? Thanks you.

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El 12 September 2012 a las 7:22 PM, Lucia FG dijo...

Hola, mi clase de 4º de la ESO de el instituto IES Ben Al Jatib hizo un libro de artista con grabados y mi profesor dijo que lo exprondían en este museo, aunque no era seguro. ¿Podrían decirme si está allí?

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El 8 October 2012 a las 7:16 PM, Marisa dijo...

Excelente ! no veo las horas de volver a Andalucía para visitar este museo. !

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