Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

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    A Gem of a Museum in Madrid

    by spocklogic Updated May 26, 2014

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    Part of the so called "Triangle of Art" in Madrid, which also includes the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums, the Thyssen-Bornemisza offers an eclectic collection from the Classical to the Modern that is well arranged and organized. The subtle color tones of the walls, strategic lighting and stone floors add to the ambiance in exploring over 1000 works of art from Rembrandt to Picasso on three floors.

    Do have a visit to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, located very near the Prado, but less visited. You will not be disappointed with this fine collection of Classical, Impressionist, Expressionist and Surrealist art. This is a rather refreshing collection in variety to see after the 12th - 19th century European art in the Prado, which while impressive, is a bit overwhelming. This is a perfect place to unwind in artistic ways, so to speak.

    The Thyssen-Bornemisza has three levels (Ground, 1st and 2nd floor) with an excellent mix for everyone's taste. The collections are laid out chronologically too, which is nice and makes it easy to follow in touring the museum. Start at the 2nd floor and turn around the central Hall following the numbered galleries. The basic layout is the following:

    1.) Renaissance and Classical on the 2nd floor, with side galleries dedicated to Flemish, German, French, Italian works, and ending with Dutch Art.

    2.) Dutch art continues on the 1st floor. There is some 19th century North American art and the rest is Impressionist and Expressionist paintings.

    3.) 20th century works covering Avant-Garde, Surrealism and Modern art is located on the ground floor. The theme is the movements that contributed to Modern art.

    I really enjoyed the 20th century collection on the ground floor, as it well represents a variety of artists and has a thematic progression of styles for a perspective in that way too. This museum was highly recommended to me by some Spanish friends I visited in Valencia. I am glad they recommended it and I did not miss this Gem of a Museum in Madrid. It is true that photos are not allowed in the museum, but honestly, the variety and layout is so engaging that I forgot about taking pictures and just enjoyed the experience. The gift shop has an well stocked collection of postcards for purchase of the art work anyway. Dare I say it, I liked it better than the Prado, not for grandeur and impressive ways, but for style, variety, and simple enjoyment. Don't miss it - Magnífico!

    Check out a short Google Art Works video for a virtual taste: Art Project - Street View of Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza

    The Art photos included here are photographs of postcards (a selection of some of my favorites) that I purchased at the museum gift shop, which is quite good by the way, and has postcards of most of the art prints in the museum.

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    Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 16, 2014

    If there is one museum in Madrid you should visit beside the Prado, it should be the museum Thyssen-Bornemisza, once the private collection of Heinrich Thyssen, his son Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon and Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza; the main part of the collection was bought by Spain in 1993.

    The museum was opened in 1992 and is located near to the Prado Museum. The collection ranges from early Italian renaissance paintings to modern art, among them works of the artists Frans Hals, Dürer, Lucas Cranach, Rubens, Gaugfuin and van Gogh.

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    One of the best painting museums in Europe.

    by breughel Updated Jun 17, 2011

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    Two years ago I compared here the Prado museum and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum located on the other side of the avenue.
    It seems that this museum, one of the best painting museums in Europe, remains "off the beaten path" for the average tourist visiting Madrid.
    If you like paintings don't hesitate to enter the Palace Villahermosa and to visit a quite eclectic, at the origin private, collection of high quality paintings from the barons Heinrich and Hans Thyssen and Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza.
    The collection starts at the upper floor with works of the 13th c. On the second floor Italian, Flemish, German and Spanish schools from the 15th to 17th c. On the first floor one finds paintings of the Dutch, French and English schools from the 17th and 18th c.
    The 19th c. is interesting because are on display besides impressionist and post-impressionist painters a number of works from North-American painters what is rather exceptional in Europe. The visitor will also find here a large number of German expressionist works.
    To end on the ground-floor are works of the European "avant-garde", cubism, abstract art and surrealism.
    As you can see the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection covers all painting schools with works of high quality. This variety of genres makes the museum so interesting. I visited it twice and prefer the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection to that of the Prado and certainly to the Reina Sofia collection.

    Open: Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 h to 19 h. Closed on Mondays
    Closed on 1 January, 1 May and 25 December.

    Price (2011): Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection + Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
    General 8.00€
    Reduced 5.50€

    NEW: From 02 August to 04 September 2011 there is a special exhibition on Religious Paintings from the 14th to the 18th Century.
    There will be an interesting special exhibition on "Architectural Paintings" from 18/10/2011 to 22/01/2012.

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    excellent and lovely museum

    by piglet44 Written Apr 16, 2011

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    This museum was about 10 minutes walk from our hostal and we loved it. It had a special exhibition on when we were there entitled "Heroines" which cos money but was well worth it and the 2nd half of the exhibition was at another branch of the museum at San Martin square and that part was free. We thought the museum was quite delightful.Can't remember what it cost but pay and go!

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    Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

    by MaheshSamtani Updated Nov 21, 2009

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    The Museo Thyssen Bornemisza is a perfet compliment to the other two top museums of Madrid, The Prado and the Reina Sofia. Ubicated in a Palace which was formerly home to the Duque of Vallehermosa, it is a Neo-Classical mansion from 1806. Many critics see this museum as the world's most important private art collection, assembled by Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza and his son Hans Heinrich. For several generations, the family collected a large number of works that today are exhibited in this museum. The Spanish state bought it in 1993.

    It is said that this museum is the perfect complement to the Prado and Reina Sofía museums, because it bridges the gaps in their respective collections. There are splendid works, dating from the 14th century up to the masterly pop art of the 20th century. This is a wonderful place for a journey through the different "Isms" of art, starting with Impressionism. A new building with 18 rooms, which houses the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, has recently been added to the museum. Two of these rooms are used for temporary exhibits.

    Some of the most famous paintings that you will be bale to see during your visit to this museum include Cézanne's "Portrait of a Farmer", some of Van Gogh paintings, Picasso's "Man with a Clarinet" and "Harlequin with a Mirror,". Other big names from that century in the surrounding galleries include Miró, Dali, Bacon, and Pollock, whose "Brown and Silver I" is especially worth paying close attention to. The same goes for Edward Hopper's "Hotel Room," seen as a study of urban isolation.

    The entry fee to this museum costs 8 Euros and it is free if you are holding the Madrid pass or the paseo de Arte pass

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    Known as the ‘artichoke fountain’ because of the artichoke on the top the original of this fountain was designed by Ventura Rodriguez and built in 1781/1782. A reproduction of it is located in the Glorieta de Atocha. The top of the fountain is held up by cherubs.

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    A great art collection

    by Aitana Written Aug 3, 2009

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    This museum has a great collection of art. Works of art from the 13th century to present from the permanent collection.

    Now there is a temporary exhibition of Henri Matisse. Works of the Interwar period (1917-1941) are exposed.
    Untill September 20, 2009

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    Private Art Collection

    by Birsen Updated Sep 1, 2008

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    Originally a private collection before being taken over by the state, Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza's collection comprises over 800 paintings. Here we can find exhibits from the 13th century to the present day, and thus follow the most important trends and movements in art over the last few hundred years.

    Opening hours :

    Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Closed Mondays. The ticket office closes at 6:30pm. The Museum is closed on January 1, May 1 and December 25. The Museum will be open from 10am to 3pm on December 24 and 31.

    Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection + Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
    General 6.00 €
    Reduced 4.00 €

    * Temporary Exhibition
    General 5.00 €
    Reduced 3.50 €

    * Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection + Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection + Temporary Exhibition
    General 9.00 €
    Reduced 5.00 €

    * Contexts of the Permanent Collection
    Free Entry

    REDUCED:
    Senior Citizens (over 65) and Students with ID.
    FREE:
    Under 12s accompanied by an adult.

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    My favorite museum in Madrid!

    by Jefie Updated May 10, 2008

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    To think that the paintings displayed in this museum were actually part of a private collection is absolutely mind-blowing! Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza had a passion for the arts, and luckily for him he had enough money to sustain this passion. Starting in the 1920s, he began acquiring classical paintings, and upon his death in 1947, his youngest son Hans started adding to the collection, and his wife Carmen soon followed suit. The result is a stunning collection that covers eight centuries of European and American paintings, with examples from all the major artistic movements that have evolved throughout the years. Carmen Cervera (Miss Spain 1961) was instrumental in transferring the collection to Madrid. The museum opened in 1992, and a wing was added in 2004 to house the Thyssen-Bornemisza family's 1500 paintings.

    I spent about 5 hours at the Thyssen but I could easily have spent more. The museum is organized in chronological order, which basically turns the visit into an art history lesson! Opening hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm every day (closed on Mondays). Admission: 6 Euros.

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    Thyssen

    by lina112 Written Dec 12, 2007

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    The Thyssen Museum is situated in the restored 18th century Palacio de Villahermosa near the Prado. Contains more than 800 paintings, sculptures, carvings and tapestries, ranging from primitive Flemish works to contemporary pieces. Among the highlights are works by Renoir, Durer and Van Eyck. From 9th of October til 6th of Jan 08 there is an Dürer and Cranach exposition, is very nice and i liked so much.

    El Museo Thyssen está situado en el restaurado Palacio de Villahermosa del siglo XVIII en el conocido triangulo de los museos. Contiene mas de 800 pinturas, esculturas, tallas y tapices. Entre lo mas destacado se encunentran trabajos de Renoir, Durer and Van Eyck. Del 9 de Octubre hasta el 6 de Enero de 2008 hay una exposición de Dürer y Cranach que forma parte de la exposición temporal.

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    Museo de arte Thyssen-Bornemisza

    by coccinella169 Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    This museum exists in Madrid since about 15 years. The paintings previously were the private collection of Hans-Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, later the personal collection of his wife, Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza was added. You should start on 2nd floor with paintings of the 14th and 15th century, like for example the portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni by Ghirlandaio. On ground floor you find some vanguard modern paintings. Entrance fee was EUR 6. There is an extra fee if you want to see the current exhibitions, like right now Van Gogh and Richard Estes. The museum closes at 7 p.m, ticket counters sell tickets till 6:30 p.m. A visit to Thyssen-Bornemisza will take you about 2 hours!

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    Best Madrid Museum

    by stev0305 Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza is an art gallery in Madrid. It is known as a part of the "Golden Triangle of Art", which also includes the Prado and the Reina Sofia galleries. The collection started in 1920 as a private collection by the late Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza. He assembled most of the works from his relatives' collections and proceeded to acquire large numbers of new works to produce what is one of the world's finest private art collections. In 1985, the Baron married Carmen Cervera ,a former Miss Spain 1961, and introduced her to art collecting. Carmen's influence was decisive in persuading the Baron to decide on the future of his collection and cede the collection to Spain.

    The variety of art work in this museum is unlike any other in the "Triangle". There are paintings by masters Ruebens and Rembrandt, and then there is some Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. There is of course a spainish influence with some paintings by Picasso and Dali. If you visit one museum in Madrid, make it this one.

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    by jnyvegas Written Feb 26, 2007

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    I know a lot of people will disagree with this review and maybe I was just tired but I did not love this museum, yes there are a lot of Picasso and other great artists but I thought the Prado was a lot better.

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    Museo Thyssen - Bornemisza

    by yashiko Updated Sep 26, 2005

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    This fabulous collection of paintings is housed in the Palacio de Villahermosa (19th century) which was completely remodelled by the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo specifically to house its nearly 800 paintings. The collection was begun in 1920 by the Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza's father, who upon his death distributed the work among his various heirs. Keen to reunite his father's collection, the last Baron (Hans Heinrich, 1921-2002) bought together most of the works from his relatives and the proceeded to acquire large numbers of new works to produce what is one of the world's finest private art collections. The museum was opened in 1992 after an agreement was reached between the Baron and the Spanish government, originally as a loan. A year later the collection was bought outright.

    This collection complements both the Prado and the Reina Sofia by filling in gaps present in both. In the former's case this includes fine examples of Italian primitives and works from the English, Dutch and German schools. The modern collection includes impressionist, expressionist as well as European and American paintings from the latter half of the 20th century. Distributed over three floors, the museum is a virtual course in western art history, with examples from the 13th to the 20th century, often through many lesser known artists. While extensive, this collection is not as vast as that of the Prado, and because of this it is in many ways more manageable museum. It has been carefully laid out chronologically, thematically and stylistically with the oldest works on the top floor.


    Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10.00 - 19.00
    Colsed: Monday

    Entrance fee: Permanent collection: 6 euro
    Temporary exhibition: 5 euro
    Combined Ticket: 9 euro

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    Museo Thyssen-Bor...something

    by Lauritalamadrilena Written Jul 27, 2005

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    Despite my inability to pronounce the name of this museum, it was my favorite one in Madrid (Yes, more than the Prado!) There is something for everyone here: Modern, old, ancient, impressionism, everything. Ranges from 12th century to modern. Art from all over the world, but especially Europe and North America. I loved it.

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