Saturday, April 25, 2015

Riding a Brompton in Malaga, Spain: "A Magical Metamorphosis of the Ordinary"

During my visit of Malaga, Spain, this spring I experienced "The Magical Metamorphosis of the Ordinary" when visiting the Picasso Museum.  The quote is from a famous article by the Picasso critic Eric Gibson. (see link)

In Malaga I checked some possible rides with my folding bike.
Arriving by car,  you may find a free parking space on the coastal road some kilometers south of the port.  From there it is a nice Brompton ride on the beach promenade and by the port into the city centre.

Malaga has a facebook group of Brompton enthusiasts: Malaga Brompton Comunidad

On our way to the Picasso museum we saw several Brompton riders in the streets reserved for pedestrians.

Here is a link to the museum' s web page featuring a selection of impresssive pictures by Picasso.

Browsing the internet for Picasso, I found this on the aesthetic experience of folding the Brompton:
"So you can fold a piece of paper into a crane? That's nothing! Watch as my bicycle turns into a satchel-sized modern sculpture! See the wheels nestle together like the eyes on a Picasso!" Rob Ainsley, Brompton rides in Japan

Finally, when speaking of Picasso, no bicycle enthusiast will go by without  knowing the artist' s famous 'bull's head' made of bicycle parts to be seen in the Picasso Museum of Paris.

For taking an informed online look at the famous sculpture, I recommend this article in the Wall Street Journal by art critic Eric Gibson: "A Magical Metamorphosis of the Ordinary".

 By the way, if you are interested in riding your Brompton in Paris, see also my posting In Paris use the Metro but ride your folding bike in Versailles.)




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