The 7 of October of 2009, the Díaz Caballero Foundation was constituted in Granada, with regional territorial scope, establishing its headquarters in Machaquito street. Nothing to highlight for this blog if it were not because its statutory purpose was shown "the exhibition and dissemination of handmade figures in works of nativity and of traditional fixtures, with a teaching character of the same".

Surely many of you will be more familiar with the name of Antonio Díaz and, by extension, the "Museo de Belenes de Mollina", an inland town of Málaga. The Star project of the Foundation which aims to become the largest belenista exhibition in the world. Continue reading and discover Mollina, future headquarters of this permanent exhibition.

The promoters of the Foundation, Ana Caballero and Antonio Díaz

The promoters of the Foundation, Ana Caballero and Antonio Díaz


Mollina, home of an extraordinary display of nativity scenes

Mollina, small town of just 5.000 inhabitants near Antequera, is the headquarters chosen by the Díaz Caballero Foundation for the future Belenismo Exhibition, which continues its construction at a huge pace in the Casería del Rey Industrial Estate - 138 exit of the A-92, between Mollina and Humilladero- with almost one hectare of land and one Built surface of 5.000 square meters.

Sketch of the "Museum"; main entrance

Sketch of the "Museum"; main entrance

The promoters of the Foundation, Antonio Díaz, a native of Mollina, and Ana Caballero, reside in Granada for work reasons and have not hesitated a second when choosing the location of this particular paradise that will attract thousands of fans and artists to this Malaga locality. Why The “Fundación Díaz Caballero - Nativity Scene” project is not just an exhibition space, but aims to become a real artistic and tourist enclave around this passion for the manger.


The largest sample of nativity scenes in the world.

Currently, The Foundation has a collection of over 6.000 pieces, ranging from millimeter figures to sculptures over a meter and a half. Most of them are from Spain and Italy, although there are figures from India, Africa, Russia or North America, something that demonstrates the international nature of the project. Figures of stick and series of national and international artists of recognized prestige.

The artisan Antonio Bernal restoring pieces for the exhibition

The artisan Antonio Bernal restoring pieces for the exhibition

In addition to the artisan figures, the Permanent Exhibition will house several halls with nativity scenes from around the world, with special attention to the representations of the different Belenista associations of Spain. The intention is that contemporary belenismo has its most complete representation and that every year the cribs exposed in the halls are rotated.

The works will be finished at the end of 2016 and the final exhibition of 2017 will be inaugurated.


Much more than a Museum of Belenismo

But not only exhibits this Andalusian Museum of Belenismo. The project contemplates the construction of an espace of more than 2.000 square meters for workshops and courses that will be taught by craftsmen and fishermen of recognized prestige. One of the main objectives of the Foundation and, by extension, of this "museum", is to create a school of craftsmanship in which to value the passion and love for Nativity. His true spirit is summarized in a slogan that makes his vocation clear: "Be a refuge for the art and tradition of the nativity scene", so that the lack of conservation space does not make disappear the pieces of this ephemeral art.

Detail of the nativity scene from Vélez Rubio

Detail of the nativity scene from Vélez Rubio

In addition, the installation of temporary exhibitions in the hall central of the building, of about 400 meters, in relation to Holy Week, tradition so rooted in Andalusia, or other reasons related to art and sacred tradition.

To top off the Museum building, the project includes the construction of a large assembly hall to house presentations, conferences and meetings related to the nativity scene. It will also have a cafeteria to entertain the visit of the fans, and several apartments to welcome the nativity scenes and craftsmen during their collaborations in the assemblies of cribs and organized workshops. In the exterior garden areas there will be a sample of traditional oil mills and tools collected during more than 10 years of work.



The project is expected to be sufficiently attractive for arouse interest in the visit and allow to sustain its costly maintenance, the main aspiration of its founders, knowing that this type of projects tend to be deficient. Only a determined and eagerly hopeful bid to take it forward encourages them to continue with an effort that must have the committed collaboration of the artistic world of the nativity scene.

And you, What do you think of the future "Nativity Scene Museum" in Mollina? Did you know this great project?




Fecha: 25 / 10 / 2016|Categories: Curiosities|Tags: , , , , , |

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  1. Manuel escobar 19/05/2017 at 00:43 - Reply


    We really liked your blog and foundation.

    Could you help us spread our foundation in this blog? We can send you a brochure of it.


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