If you come to Lanzarote for holidays you will have a wide cultural variety including the Tourism, Art and Cultural Centers. An example is the Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo MIAC, which is located in an old castle, Castillo de San José, and the museum was built in 1975. It was César Manrique who promoted the idea and some of the most significant artworks of modern art. The local artist directed himself the remodelling works of the castle, which was in ruins when the project took place.

It is situated near Puerto Naos and Arrecife, in what long ago was Castillo de San José, built between 1776 and 1779 at the top of a cliff for safety reasons by the order of Carlos III. It was abandoned for almost a century, when it was no longer needed as a defensive settlement, and it was at that point when César Manrique came with the idea of the museum. For this purpose, he organised the First International Plastic Arts Contest, with artworks of artists like Picasso,  Miró, Tàpies, Mompó, Michavila, Amadeo Gabino, Sempere, Rivera, Canogar, Juana Francés or Zóbel which formed the first great collection of the museum and was the beginning of one of the best abstract collections of the second half of the 20th century in the Canary Islands. These artworks were produced by the artistic generation between 1950s and 70s mainly. 

Of all Canarian artists we can highlight the works of César Manrique, but also Manolo Millares, Óscar Domínguez, Pancho Laso and Cristino de Vera for instance. 

Throughout this time, new artworks have joined the collection and since 2000, the gallery has increased with Photographic art, with works by Peter-Witkin, Joseph Beuys or Jürgen Klauke.

Prolific César Manrique, proved once again his creatitvity with the creation of a modern restaurant which has become another attraction of the center, not only for its impressive views to the bay, but also for its modern cuisine.

If you stay in one of our holiday villas in Villalia we strongly recommend you to spend 45 minutes visiting this interesting museum created by César Manrique




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