Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is a museum in Madrid with a remarkable collection of art from the Middle-ages to Modernity.
Above: the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, view of the 2004 expansion with the main entrance on the museum’s internal plaza; photo hausguck (CC BY-NC 2.0).
Located not far from the Prado Museum on the Paseo del Prado in central Madrid, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza was opened in 1992 in the 19th-century Palacio de Villahermosa and enlarged with an expansion and a plaza designed by BOPBAA architects (Josep Bohigas, Francesc Pla e Iñaki Baquero) in 2004.
The historic building of the museum, known as Palacio de Villahermosa, from Paseo del Prado; ajay_suresh (CC BY 2.0).
The museum presents works belonging to two distinct collections: the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, acquired by the Spanish government in 1993, and the private collection of Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza.
The combined collections comprise nearly 1,000 pieces, mostly related to European and American art from the 13th to the 20th century.
The museum exposes several masterpieces of the most renowned artists, including Duccio da Buoninsegna, Albrecht Dürer, Jans Holbein, Peter Paul Rubens, Caravaggio, Canaletto, Paul Cézanne, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Edward Hopper, Marc Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Lucien Freud, to name a few.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza features art movements rarely visible in other state-owned Spanish museums, such as Impressionism, Fauves, German expressionism, and late-20th century avant-garde.
The museum organizes temporary exhibitions, lectures, concerts, educational programs, workshops, and guided tours, and includes a shop, a restaurant-café, an outdoor bar, and a restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Paseo del Prado.
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is accessible to physically-impaired people and also offers a free wheelchair-borrowing service.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, a room with various paintings by Lucien Freud; photo vladimix (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Interior views of the museum; photos vladimix (CC BY-SA 2.0) and Carlos Octavio Uranga (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
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