Thanks to the generosity of the Belgian artist Max León Moreau, we can visit, without leaving the Albaicín quarter, a beautiful carmen and the museum that recreates the life of this painter in love with the city of Granada. Named favourite son of the city after his death in 1992, he donated his entire fortune and belongings to the city itself, which reciprocated with such generosity by fitting out his house, together with his beautiful carmen.
The Carmen de los Geranios or Carmen Museum by Max Moreau follows the typical structure of the latter: A central house surrounded by gardens that are distributed in paratas in a descending line. Each one of them houses a different space between crops, gardens and other places where nature always predominates, – “karm” which in Spanish arabic means “vine” in its broadest sense – from which the very name “carmen” derives.
The property has three independent buildings connected by courtyards: The painter’s house, the studio and the landlord’s house, all of them adorned by a pool that centralizes a hydraulic network. This network transports water as a symbol of life and wealth, watering and bringing life to the gardens and orchards attached to it.
The painter’s house is now a museum dedicated to him. The house has become a permanent exhibition of his work where canvases dedicated to still lifes, portraits and landscapes abound. The studio, dedicated to his life, contains a biographical journey with photographs, documents and reviews of the many countries through which the artist passed and is preserved in the same state in which he left it after his death.
Curiously little known by the people of Granada themselves, Max Moreau’s Carmen de los Geranios or Carmen becomes a pleasant surprise for more than one tourist who is caught without imagining it, by an extraordinary place of magic and culture.
Location and how to get there
The Carmen Museum of Max Moreau is located in the Alabaicín neighbourhood on Camino Nuevo de San Nicolás, 12. From the centre of the capital it is a great walk through the beautiful streets of the neighbourhood that will take you about 15 or 20 minutes. If you prefer to use public transport the C1 bus line (Albaicín – Centro) will drop you off very close by.
Museum opening hours
The visit is from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:30 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 18:00. During the summer the afternoon schedule is from 17:00 to 19:00. It is closed on Mondays, Sundays and public holidays and throughout the month of August.
Tickets prices to Max Moreau Museum in Granada
Access to the also known as Carmen de los Geranios Cultural Centre is free.