Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

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The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers visitors an overview of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. In the nearly one thousand works on display, visitors can contemplate the major periods and pictorial schools of western art such as the Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism and the art of the 19th and 20th centuries up to Pop Art. The museum also features works from some movements not represented in state-owned collections, such as Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism and the experimental avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. In addition, it boasts an important collection of 19th-century American painting not found in any other European museum institutions.

Aside from its panoramic perspective, the collection housed in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum also offers us a glimpse of the tastes and preferences of the two persons principally responsible for its existence, Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947) and Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921-2002). Well versed in the Central European artistic tradition, both men showed a particular predilection for portraits and landscapes. This is evident in the works of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, in contrast with the predominance of religious and historical paintings found in other Spanish museums. In 2004, the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection was brought to the Museum, adding over two hundred works that round out the representation of styles and genres already present in the Permanent Collection.




The Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Is a continuation of the Collection of the Museo Thyssen. In addition, it is characterised by a particular focus on Spanish art.

Encouraged by Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Carmen Cervera began to acquire works of art around 1987, but it was in 1993 that she became fully aware of her role as a collector. The Museo Thyssen had opened for the first time in October of the previous year and in June 1993 the Spanish State agreed to purchase the collection. Having secured the long-term future of the core of the collection, the Baron then divided the rest of his paintings and other possessions between his family members. To avoid the risk of another division of the collection, as had taken place following the death of the 1st Baron Thyssen, it was decided that most of the works would pass into the ownership of the Baroness, by then closely involved in the new Museum and in the new acquisitions being made by the Baron. This group, comprising works by Canaletto, Fragonard, Courbet, Boudin, Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Rodin, Matisse, Picasso, Kirchner and other artists, today comprises the nucleus of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.




Banco de España Station (line 2)


BUS LINE (Interactive MAP)
1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 20, 27, 34, 37, 41, 51, 52, 53, 74, 146 y 150


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Tue-Sun: 10.00am – 7.00pm.
Free admission: Mon: 12.00 noon to 4.00pm (by courtesy of MasterCard).
The Museum is closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.
Saturdays during temporary exhibitions: open 10.00am – 9.00pm

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