The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza) is an art museum located near the Prado Museum. It is known as part of the “Golden Triangle of Art”, which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia national galleries. With over 1,600 paintings, it was once the second largest private collection in the world after the British Royal Collection.
In 1985, Baron Thyssen married Carmen “Tita” Cervera (Miss Spain in 1961) and introduced her to art collecting. Cervera’s influence was decisive in persuading the Baron to relocate the core of his collection to Spain, from Lugano in Swizerland. The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum officially opened in 1992, showing 715 works of art. A year later, the Spanish Government bought 775 works. These pieces are now in the purpose-built museum in Madrid. After the museum opened, Cervera started her own collection and loaned 429 works to the museum. The loan has continued to be renewed annually. The Baroness remains involved with the museum. She personally decided the salmon pink tone of the interior walls.
Address: Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid, Spain – Map
Hotel: Westin Palace
Metro: Banco de España
Hours: Monday: Noon to 4 pm. Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am to 7 pm. Closed January 1st. May 1st & December 25th.
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