There are a few hidden and unexpected gems to be discovered in Marbella. One is the Museo Ralli, a private museum of modern European and Latin American art. Opened in 2000, the fourth in an international series of museums created and funded by a Greek merchant Harry Recanati and named after his father Stephenos Ralli. The primary aim of the museums is to show the works of recent and living Latin American artists, alongside which are also works by western artists such as Dali, Miro and Alexander Calder. In many cases the Latin American art shows influences from European artists, both classical and modern, but gives it a new colourful twist.
In addition to the permanent collection, the gallery in Marbella currently has two temporary exhibitions – a copy of the Picasso book of drawings “Carnet de La California” and 14 prints by Carmen Aldunate – “Sins and Virtues”, whose bright colours hide the darkness of her subjects. A good collection, which could benefit from the addition of on or two Cuban painters to make it even better.