Andalusia is known for its endless and impressive cultural treasures that can be found in every corner of the country. My friend Gabriela took me on a trip from the Málaga/Marbella coast to the “hinterland”. She introduced me to a very lively contemporary cultural centre in Alhaurin El Grande, El Artsenal Inoxis.
An impressively large centre set up in the high and huge rooms of a former fruit store house and run by two dedicated people: gallery owner Carmen Peña and metal artist Robert Heidegger.
The number and type of artworks, paintings and sculptures of various kinds as well as vintage collectibles is almost endless and very impressive. There is something new to discover every time you look, be it a beautiful old Mercedes in the hallway or the part of a helicopter on the ceiling or old motor cycles – of which you will find much more in the neighboured workshop of Robert Heidegger.
I first had to take a deep breath and needed time to look into this immense variety and discover my treasures. In addition to the many vintage technical treasures, there are a large number of sculptures, many made of metal by Robert, who assembles them from various found objects and which have partly whimsical, partly practical properties. I had to take a second deep breath and needed a drink and
time to study this immense variety to discover my favourites. As an artist myself most of them I found at the gallery up the stairs where Carmen curates an exhibition of divers artist every three month.
Something to see on the gallery first floor
Not only the sheer presents of artefacts is impressive. I was in awe imagining how much work was invested to convert this store house in a place of encounter, art, music, cinema, chat, laughter and even a “take one, bring one” library and as I guess: a centre meeting point for many music fans and art lovers not only from Alhaurin El Grande. Nearly every weekend you can listen to life concerts or DJ music – you find the program in here! And if you are hungry – there is a Pizza shop just at the side.
Music and Art in the focus just now
This is the next music event to come 05. Of February, and the artist, specially featured in the art exhibition is
Alberto Urbano’s caotic art.
This place is worth a trip
It comes to life at the weekends! So if you are a modern music lover – love to meet people and have a soft spot for art, this is your place
Find more information about events in this area here:
Gallery Time in Marbella