Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, Madrid

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    One of the best painting museums in Europe.

    by breughel Updated Jun 17, 2011

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    Thyssen-Bornemisza museum entry.

    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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    My favorite museum in Madrid!

    by Jefie Updated May 10, 2008

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    Bust of Thyssen-Bornemisza in front of the museum

    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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    MUSEUMS-THYSSEN-BORNEMISZA

    by zumodemango Updated Jun 21, 2004

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    Thyssen, The new building

    It's a not very big museum but it's lovely. The permanent collection has pictures from all the times. So it's good to see the different times.The temporal exhibitions are always interesting with many masterpieces. The new Carmen Thyssen- Bornemisza is spectacular: in teh new part of teh museum (i saw it last Saturday, after 2 weeks of opening) and i like specially the gallery views adn lanscapes(3 wonderful Canalettos) and the Northamerican painting of 19th C it's very nice. Los Segadores, Picasso is amazing.
    General: 6€ (permanent+Carmen Thyssen)
    +Temporal: 7€
    MONDAYS: Close. TUE-SUN: 10.00-19.00

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    Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

    by vivalasteph Written Apr 5, 2004

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    Located in the beautifully restored Palacio de Villahermosa, and diagonal from the Prado, this art collection is unmatched in scope on an intimate scale.

    The Thyssen-Bornemisza family amassed the collection from the beginning of the 20th century, through two generations. It was made available to the public through an agreement with the Spanish government in the 1980's, and finally was bequested to the the city in 1993.

    The collections ranges from Gothic and Early Renaissance pieces to Italian, Dutch, Flemish paintings on the second floor; 17th through the 20th century pieces ranging from Romanticism to Impressionism and Expressionism on the first floor; and ending with experimental art, American and European Modernism, surrealism, and Pop Art on the ground floor.

    You will get a feel for the history of art from the 14th century to the present in this amazing museum.

    It has a very good giftshop, with many postcards posters, and gift items. Its museum guide is available in several languages.

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    Museo Thyssen Bornemisza

    by andal13 Written Dec 18, 2003

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    Paul Klee

    Since 1992, the "Palacio de Villahermosa" houses the art collection of baron Thyssen Bornemisza; there you can find all kind of works and styles, from Italian primitives to pop-art, from Rubens to Picasso, from Vermeer to Kandinsky... really amazing.
    The picture shows "Revolving house" by Paul Klee.

    Desde 1992, el Palacio de Villahermosa aloja la colección de arte del barón Thyssen Bornemisza; allí puedes encontrar toda clase de obras y estilos, desde primitivos italianos a "pop-art", desde Rubens a Picasso, de Vermeer a Kandinsky... realmente impactante.
    La foto muestra "Casa giratoria" de Pul Klee.

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    The Thyssen Museum

    by Gaby_G Written Oct 24, 2003

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    Trough time

    This is a museum for people like me... I never remember the order or time of art, the works in this museum are set in order to begin from oldest to recent art, so you´ll have a "trip through time" ....

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    My favorite museum

    by nkdnatl Written Oct 11, 2003

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    The collection at the Thyssen is a feast for your eyes. When the Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza died, the world was in a bidding war for his art collection. Spain won out (his wife was Spanish) and in 1992 placed the collection in the 18th c. Villahermosa Palace.

    The collection features a vast array of Western art from Italian and Flemish Masters to modern Pop Art. Titian, Goya, Van Gogh, Picasso, Hopper, Rubens, Degas, Monet, Manet, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein - they are ALL here! Although each artist is only represented by one or two works (and few are the most famous of the artists') the collection size and scope is impressive.

    Visit the gift shop for a wonderful collection of books, prints, funky items, and such. It's well worth it.

    I have a print of Kandinsky's that is framed in my office. It is not a typical Kandinsky as it depicts a very colorful landscape of a street scene. The original is in the Thyssen and last time I visited Madrid, I brought back 6 copies of the print for friends who wanted it.

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    by zindara Written Mar 7, 2003

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    Great private collection. It is ordered chronologically so in your visit you can see may different painting styles and the evolution. You can see the whole museum in a couple of hours.

    10:00am-7:00pm Tue.-Sun.; 10:00am-2:30pm Sun.
    4.50 Euros

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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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    Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

    by acemj Updated Dec 14, 2004

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    Well, on my first couple trips to Madrid I ran out of steam on visiting museums and didn't go to the Thyssen. However, when I visited in the fall of 2004, I finally checked out the Thyssen-Bornesmesza's collection of about 800 paintings including works by Hans Holbein, Van Gogh, Monet and Georgia O'Keeffe. I love this place. Sure, the Prado is deservedly the most well-known museum in the city, but if you'd like to see some major works by less known artists or some minor works by major artists, then this is the place for you.

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    Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

    by Carmela71 Updated Nov 11, 2003

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    At the Palacio Villahermosa, inside this 18th century palace there is one of the best ever art collections world-wide

    You will find the "Museo Thyssen" on the corner of Paseo del Prado

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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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    Thyssen Bornemisza Museum

    by SirRichard Written Dec 5, 2002

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    Main entrance

    Closed on mondays. Open 10-19. Adults 4,50 euros, students 2,50 euros, free for children under 12. Metro Banco de España. Buses 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 20, 27, 34, 37, 45, 51, 52, 53, 74, 145 & 150.

    This little 'new' (0pen in 1994 in the Villahermosa Palace) museum offers a very complete overview of many artistic periods, from the Renaissance to XX century. The paintings are placed chronologically: start at the last floor and go down.

    There are temporary exhibitions that can be seen separately (3 euros). "Titian/Rubens" till January 26th and "Robert and Sonia Delauny" till January 12th.

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    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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    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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