The CAC Málaga is located in the old Málaga Wholesale Market, a historic building. The museum is intended for reflection on and dissemination of contemporary art. Exhibitions, publications, conferences, educational programs, workshops and seminars are some of the many activities that make CAC Málaga a living, dynamic and innovative centre, open to all kinds of artistic and cultural events in the international vanguard.
The permanent collection is constantly evolving. In addition to the new acquisitions by the City of Málaga, the institution's owner, the museum has introduced a loan system by which by private collectors can loan their works for a limited time.
You can take a tour through artistic movements and trends of the 20th century, especially the most recent decades, from the '50s to today. Louise Bourgeois, Art & Language, Olafur Eliasson, Thomas Hirschhorn, Damien Hirst, Julian Opie, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth are some artists whose works hang in the Contemporary Art Centre of Málaga.
The former Wholesale Market is a historic building designed in 1927 by Luis Gutiérrez Soto author of the 1930 Barajas airport. Built in 1939, the building has a two-storey, triangular floor plan, defined by cubic spaces and straight lines.
In 1983 it was no longer used as a market and later it was proposed for use as a museum. In 1987, steps were taken to have the building declared of Cultural Interest. On completing the reforms in February 2003, the building was opened to the public.
There are 6,000 square metres of total area, of which 2,400 are given over to exhibits and the rest to conferences and other cultural events.