“MUSEO-19”, artistic interventions from local artists

Intervención Museo 19

Ralli Museum Marbella presents a series of artistic interventions under the title “MUSEO-19”, which are all related to the coronavirus and its impact on art.

Exhibition spaces, artists and visitors alike have seen great changes to our way of consuming and enjoying art, first during lockdown and now through an unusual and atypical way of visiting spaces.

These works reflect on different aspects of this theme and the personal experience of each artist. A total of six interventions can be visited from July 14 to 25 within normal museum hours. In addition to these interventions, two performances will take place on Saturday, July 25, bringing the project to a close.

Screening of the documentary “Ojos que no ven… MOVIMENTO ESPARTACO”

Exposición Ojos que no ven Movimiento Espartaco

In accordance with the directive established by the health authorities and the Junta de Andalucía to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) the screening of the documentary “Ojos que no ven… MOVIMENTO ESPARTACO” will be canceled.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.


On April 18 we will say goodbye to our exhibition “Movimiento Espartaco” (translated as “Spartacus Movement”), but first we would like to bid farewell to it properly. We are therefore presenting the documentary film “Ojos que no ven… MOVIMIENTO ESPARTACO” (“Out of sight… THE SPARTACUS MOVEMENT”), directed by Ana Garide, with a script by Ana Garide and Malena Sessano.

IMPORTANT: The screening and subsequent talk will be in Spanish.

About the documentary

The documentary takes a tour of the legacy of the Spartacus Movement, analyzing the philosophy, aesthetic approaches and evolution of the movement from today’s point of view. The film highlights the importance that this movement had in Argentina during the sixties and the importance of safeguarding its works, something that we can only achieve thanks to the knowledge and dissemination of the Spartacus Movement itself.

With an original approach and an addictive narrative rhythm, this documentary film will help us discover what exists beyond the works: the circumstances that brought them to life, the artists and their fears, the reality of the artists and art movements and what happens to them when it’s all finished.

After the documentary

The screening of the documentary will be attended by Malena Sessano, screenwriter and content producer (and daughter of Carlos Sessano, the last living member of the Spartacus Movement), and Eduardo Bute, Doctor in Art History and expert in this movement (and the son of Esperilio Bute, another member of the group).

Friday, May 27
6.00 p.m.
Ground floor of the Ralli Marbella Museum

Presented by: Malena Sessano Goenaga (screenwriter and content producer) and Eduardo Bute Sánchez de Hoyos (Doctor in Art History and expert on the Spartacus Movement).

With collaboration from: UTREF MEDIA, Tres de Febrero National University and the SpartacAs group.

IMPORTANT: The screening and subsequent talk will be in Spanish.

Piano Concert “Greatest hits and long-forgotten music”

Monday, September 9 at 8:00 p.m.

Concert by international pianists from the Marbella Music Masterclass Series 2019.

Within the Marbella International Music Festival, the Ralli Museum will offer a concert by pianists participating in the Marbella Music Masterclass Series 2019. Eleven promising young piano players will perform a selection of masterpieces that binds together the greatest hits and the long-forgotten works, which are no less relevant and have been retrieved here for our delight.

Free entry

Opening at 7:00 p.m.

Organized by Davidov Musical Association and Museo Ralli Marbella

New Temporary Exhibition “SEOANE. Portraits”

Nueva Exposición SEOANE. Retratos en Museo Ralli

Luis Seoane, argentinian by birth, Galician in his heart, Seoane divides his life and artistic career across both lands, being significantly influenced by them both equally.

This exhibition brings us the point of view and expression of an artist who has combined literature, illustration, engraving, painting, longing and struggle to develop a unique artistic language.

Through the use of this theme, SEOANE. Portraitsshows the variety of languages developed by the artist, whose career to schematization takes him occasionally to the border of geometrical abstraction.

International Day of Museums 2019

International day museum 2019 18 may
International day museum 2019 18 may

We invite you to celebrate with us the International Day of Museums, on Saturday, May 18th

Free activities and workshops for all ages.

Guided visits (only in Spanish) to the permanent collection and the temporary exhibition "Movimiento Espartaco"

Schedule of visits:

  • Permanent collection: 11:00 h
  • Temporary exhibition "Movimiento Espartaco" : 12:00 h
  • Permanent collection: 13:30 h

The legacy of Harry Recanati: the Ralli Collection

Celebrating the centenary of his birth

In 2019 we will commemorate the centenary of the birth of Harry Recanati, founder of the Ralli Museums, and we would like to honour him through a very special exhibition programme.

These are works and artists with a special relevance in the history of the museums, as well as for Harry Recanati as a collector and patron. A clear example of this would be the relationship that two of the four exhibits have with Surrealism, a movement that has a special presence in the Ralli Collection due to the founder’s passion and predilection for this style.

The Ralli Collection worldwide

The Ralli Museum of Caesarea, in Israel, is exhibiting “René Magritte, daily dreams”, an individual exhibition of engravings by the Belgian artist that has travelled from Chile and that will rotate to the rest of the Ralli Museums.

The exhibition housed in the Ralli Museum in Uruguay’s Punta del Este, shows works with a religious theme from the Russian artist Marc Chagall (entitled “Marc Chagall, design of the 12 windows of Jerusalem). This exhibition is significant given the Jewish and Israeli origin of Harry Recanati.

In Santiago de Chile we find a sample of abstract art through the exhibition Kinetic and Geometry, under the optics of the Ralli Collection, which exemplifies the more conceptual and abstract side of the Ralli Collection.

In Marbella, the exhibitionSpartacus Movementpromotes the recovery and vindication of a group of Argentine artists, work to which Harry Recanati devoted a substantial part of his life and the reason why he founded these museums.

Each of the museums has different schedules and activities, which we invite you to review in their web pages.

Admission to all of them is completely free of charge.

New Room “Graphic works from Latin America”

Luis Solari - Previo
Luis Solari - La barca de "no sé" - 1978

Luis Solari
Uruguay, 1918-1993

The boat of “who knows”, 1979
Ed. AP
50 x 70 cm

Ralli Collection
© Luis Solari, VEGAP, Málaga, 2020

More than a technique, a means of concrete expression

As of May 2 in the hall 9

In the contemporary proposals offered by Latin American art from the 1960s and beyond, engraving and drawing triumphed as a technique and a means of expression that was equivalent or superior to other technological and experimental media which were being seen in Europe, North America and Japan. This recovery of a traditional technique with more accessible production and capacity for dissemination is a response to the concerns and needs of artists and the public. In this way, they sought to democratise art and place it at the service of citizens, as was already being done through muralism and art in public spaces.

The choice of these techniques must be seen as a declaration of intentions, putting the communicative function of art and accessibility before that of the elitist development that was taking place overseas.

Drawing therefore took on great depth and meaning. Engraving became a strong manifestation with identity and the profound development of the technique. The mass reproduction of graphic works made it possible to take art to the most disadvantaged sectors, with the development of the poster being of considerable importance during this period.

As a paradigm of this aspect of Latin America art, works by the Uruguayan Luis Solari, the Mexicans José Luis Cuevas and Emilio Toledo, and the Peruvian Luis Sifuentes are displayed in this room.

New exhibition in the permanent collection

New exhibition in the permanent collection

This room encapsulates an overview of styles that offered an alternative to the “official art” of the period from the 1960s in Mexico and Argentina alike, as well as in Latin America as a whole and the international artistic scene.

Rufino Tamayo and the New Argentine Figuration

The art of Latin America must be understood as an art of its own, and its evolution as a reflection of Latin American art per se which is related to the different situations in the countries that make up the continent, and not as a derivative of European and North American art. Its evolution, therefore, is also the reflection of a concern and a search for its own identity by artists.

The artists who are exponents of these proposals are united here by their use of colour and marks, as well as the predominance of matter and plastic experimentation. However, unlike North American and European informalism, his works never completely lose their references to the motif, to the message, mainly centred on the human figure, which is represented with an existential background that speaks of the philosophical concerns of human beings.

From September 20th in the Permanent Collection.

More information here.

New temporary exhibition

The first exhibition about the Movimiento Espartaco (translated as the “Spartacus Movement”), that takes place in Europe can be visited at the Ralli Museum in Marbella from 2nd. of June. Composed of artworks by Ricardo Carpani, Mario Mollari, Juan Manuel Sánchez, Esperilio Bute, Carlos Sessano, Juana Elena Diz y Pascual Di Bianco.

The Spartacus Movement officially emerged in 1959 in the city of Buenos Aires, a year after writing a manifesto entitled “Por un arte revolucionario” (For revolutionary art), in which they set out the ideological foundations of the movement. Formally, it consisted of a return to the critical figurative tradition within Latin American art, as opposed to other folkloric and Europeanising currents with which they did not feel identified, but with a contemporary technique and language.

This exhibition on the Spartacus Movement is based around a series of works by the artists who were part of it. Without following a chronological order or structure, here we can find examples of the different tendencies, aesthetics and languages that were developed throughout its lifespan and how they were projected beyond it, maintaining certain similarities and recurring themes in each artist’s individual work. In particular, we see this artistic development within the same artist, based on the reiteration of motifs and subjects tackled using a different language.

The works on display here are part of the Ralli Museums collection, along with other pieces on loan from the private collection of Eduardo Bute Sánchez de Hoyos, thanks to which it has been possible to provide a comprehensive overview of the movement.

More information about the exhibition and the Spartacus Movement here.