Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum tickets and tours
Why the crazy name? The museum is named after art collector Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, husband of Carmen Cervera and son of the first Baron Thy...In the top 5 attractions for Madrid
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Why the crazy name? The museum is named after art collector Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, husband of Carmen Cervera and son of the first Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza. His private collection, initially encompassed sculptures, tapestries and paintings by both old and contemporary art masters. It was the second largest in the world, after the collection of Queen Elizabeth II of England. While his father had focussed on acquiring works by the great masters of art, Hans Heinrich had a passion for modern art and collected works by German expressionist painters such as Kirchner, Nolde and Grosz. He was also a great lover of impressionism, cubism and futurism works.
The collection was initially housed in the family estate in Lugano. But when the rooms of the Villa Favorita Palace began to get too small to house the growing collection, the baron began to look for new venues, and Madrid was the chosen city. After the initial signing of the contract to lease the works, the Palacio de Villahermosa was restored to house the collection of the Barons Thyssen. In 1993, a year after it was opened to the public, the Spanish State acquired 775 works from the collection, becoming part of the national artistic heritage.