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The museum is free.
The Museo Jorge Rando shows the work of this artist. Rando was born in Malaga in 1941. He studied in Malaga and early on showed a talent for drawing and painting. When he was 20 years old he decided to go to Germany to study the German philosophers. He studied philosophy at the University of Cologne, while at the same time working on art. He discovered that he best expressed himself using expressionism. He started the first flamenco tavern in Germany. He also involved himself with jazz and other forms of music. He also studied the art of glass making used in churches. In 1979 he married his German girlfriend, Magrit. Rando reached a high peak of recognition and fame in Germany and other international art markets for his art work.
Later he returned to live in Malaga with his family and exhibited his art in Malaga, Barcelona, Madrid, Cologne and Hamburg. Several books about his work were published in Spain. Jorge Rando is considered to be the best Spanish representative of Neo-Expressionism. Neo-expressionism is a style of modern painting and sculpture that emerged in the late 1970s. Neo-expressionists portray recognizable objects, such as the human body (although sometimes in an abstract manner), in a very emotional way, using vivid colors. His works include oils, water colors, sketches, collage and sculpture.
Of interest is the museum building. It is adjacent to the Monastery of the Mercedarias. This building was designed by architect Manuel Rivera Valentín (1878) and its construction was financed by the convent’s founder, Mercedes Bisso Vidal. It opened in 1893 and is considered to be an emblematic building of great artistic interest. Part of the monastery was used to build this museum and the architect was Jose Antonio Gonzalez Vargas. Jorge Rando is a humanitarian and helps finance the remaining nuns in the monastery. He is also a humble man who is very approachable, despite his fame.
The museum has a large patio with a big tree. The salons of the museum are bathed with natural light, which allows one to see the true colors of the artwork. The explanations of each work of art are laid out on the floor, in front of the art. This is a very novel way, because usually museums have these on the walls, beside the work of art.