VENUES FOR MANIFESTA 8
Manifesta 8 and its accompanying art projects will take over a wide range of spaces including museums and art centres, but also historical buildings opened to the public for the first time, and other non-conventional sites. Seen as a whole, the various venues will become part of a tour acquainting the visiting public with Murcia and Cartagena, while introducing local residents to hitherto overlooked aspects of their home towns.
VENUES IN MURCIA
1. LOS MOLINOS DEL RÍO SEGURA HYDRAULIC MUSEUM AND SALA CABALLERIZAS
Today the old watermills on the Segura River in Murcia are used as the Cultural Centre and Hydraulic Museum, part of a heritage complex belonging to the City Council. The refurbishment project was commissioned from the architect/artist Juan Navarro Baldeweg, and it is considered a key example of 1980s architecture in Spain.
Its program of exhibitions, conferences and concerts is designed to connect the museum’s ethnographic and historic content with contemporary culture. Also part of this complex is Sala Caballerizas, one of the few surviving examples of 18th Century civil architecture in the city of Murcia. This unique building once housed the stables for the watermills and the Parador del Rey.
2. MUBAM (FINE ARTS MUSEUM OF MURCIA)
Strategically located in the city of Murcia, close to the university campus and the bullring, MUBAM is an eclectic building designed in 1910 by the architect Pedro Cerdán on the site of the former Trinidad Convent, and refurbished in 2005. MUBAM owns and exhibits a collection of paintings, sculpture and artefacts from the 16th to 19th Centuries. The museum has eight rooms over three floors plus an annex building, Edificio del Contraste, used for temporary exhibitions.
The Edificio del Contraste is currently being refurbished in order to extend its exhibition space. Two new halls will showcase part of the Manifesta 8 program.