Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in Málaga
The Thyssen Bornemisza Museum in this capital of the Costa del Sol, Andalusia, is since 2011 a reality; an emulation of its big brother in Madrid, where the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum has been a principal and popular attraction for decades now.
The Museo Carmen Thyssen is housed in a beautifully adapted and restored 16th Century palace. The building alone is worth visiting. The original palace and courtyard lead in to contemporary buildings which contain the permanent and temporary collections. The galleries contain Romantic Landscapes, Old Masters and late 19th century works. Spread over three floors in what was an old palace which has been sympathetically converted.
The new Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is housed at the Villalón Palace (Palacio de Villalón), a very stylish building of 5,500 m2 over 5 floors, from the 16th Century at Compañía Street in old part of Malaga, where Mudejarornaments were found which they are reforming now.
Thyssen Museum – Malaga offers a rich set of extraordinary coherence, which starts with a series of pieces of old masters, most notably the Santa Marina de Zurbarán, and continues with a series of chapters that establish a strong history of gender who starred with a part of the Baroness’ unique collection of Spanish paintings of the 19th and 20th century, completed with artists from Malaga from the same era. The romantic landscape, represented by the works of Genaro Villamil and Manuel Barrón Pérez, evolving into the Andalusian genre painting of the Dominguez Becquer and Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano.
The Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection is created by the continuation of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection that had been housed in the museum with the same name in Madrid. The works of this amazing collection are basically Holland paintings from the 17th century, Veduta art from the 17th century, Naturalist landscapes of the 19th century, French as well as North-American, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and the first avant-garde from the 20th century, mainly German expressionism paintings.
The impressive collection Thyssen has been travelling all over the world, presented in Madrid since 1996, but shown in Shangai, Rome, New York, Lugano, Tokio, Mexico, Brussels and Bonn, and also in different Spanish cities.
The agreement between the Baroness and the city of Malaga implies a free loan of the works for 15 years, of which 133 works correspond to the Andalusia Collection and 225works at the Spanish Collection and of which some 40% were never shown in Museums before.
Within the paintings of the 19th century there will be an important representation of Romantic Paintings and works from artists who usually are not shown in public collections like Eugenio Lucas Villamil or Custom Painting like Cabral Bejarano, Domínguez Bécquer, García Ramos or Jiménez Aranda.
Other artists from that century who will be presented are Zuloaga, Regollo, Joaquín Sorolla, Romero de Torres, López Mezquita, Jiménez Acosta y Gutiérrez Solana.
There will also be works from the 20th century signed by Juan Gris, Moreno Villa, Bores, Francisco Cosío, Evaristo Valle or Benjamín Palencia, and from painters from the late 2oth century like Gerardo Rueda, Saura,Úrculo or the Equipo Crónica, while the Baroque Era will be represented by Zurbarán’s.
The deal between the two parties is one of the mayor cultural novelties of the city of Malaga, since the opening of the Pablo Picasso Museum – Malaga, an extraordinary museum of the mayor icon of the world of Contemporary Art.
One of the temporary expos was “Artist’s Posters” of which you can see a painting by Jef Koons. At the end of the nineteenth century the boundaries and hierarchy between the various artistic disciplines began to fade. Prominent painters became very interested in and experimented with the graphic arts, and this in turn helped professional illustrators and poster designers achieve recognition as artists. Improvements and innovations in printing and printmaking techniques, coupled with the ever-increasing speed and quality of reproduction procedures and the widespread use of advertising as a substantial part of economic, social and cultural activity expanded the limits of graphic illustration. Hitherto confined to books and periodical publications, it now colonised city streets in the form of attractive publicity posters, turning them into spectacular art galleries.
Address:Plaza Carmen Thyssen (C/Compañía 10)