A visit to Malaga’s Soho district is a must if you love street art. Málaga’s hip artists’ quarter is packed with works by some of the world’s best street artists. And new street art by up-and-coming artists is constantly emerging here, and worth keeping an eye out for.
Southwest of Malaga’s city centre is the hip riverside district of Soho, bordered by the Alameda Principal boulevard, the Guadalmedina River and the port area with Plaza de la Marina. For many years the neighbourhood was a run-down and neglected residential area, but this was changed when the MAUS (Málaga Arte Urbano Soho) project, in collaboration with the city council, hired world-famous street artists to spruce up the neighbourhood.
Since 2013, driven by MAUS and Malaga’s Museum of Contemporary Art, CAC, the neighbourhood has been home to a wide and exciting range of street art, created by some of the world’s greatest graffiti and street artists such as UK’s D*FACE, Belgium’s ROA, US’s Obey, UK’s Ben Eine and Spain’s Dadi Dreucol. The initiative has radically changed the neighbourhood, now known simply as Barrio de Las Artes (Artists’ Quarter). In addition to serving as an outdoor art museum, plenty of creative spirits have moved into the neighborhood, creating a thriving environment.
From world-class street art to local graffiti
The street art created at the initiative of MAUS also attracts many other street artists and graphic artists to the neighbourhood. And in addition to admiring the great international works, you can find plenty of street art all over the neighbourhood’s fine architectural buildings from the 19. and 20th century, in squares, bridges and along the dried-up riverbank. Styles range from graffiti, paste ups and stencils to street art inspired by classic car art.
Start the tour at the Museum of Modern Art, CAC. The museum is located by the bridge, Puente del Perchel, on the dried-up riverbank of the Guadalmedina. Continue around the neighbourhood and don’t miss the streets of Casas de Campo and Simonet, where there is a lot of street art. Remember to look up, down and around. Street art often hides in the most surprising places.
Map of street art in Soho
On the MAUS website you can download a map of the street art location in the Soho district of Málaga, as well as a description of the different artists participating in the MAUS project. Download the map here.