Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid Reviews

Vlindeke Vlindeke
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great art collection, palace Feb 27, 2010
Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza started this collection focusing on European painting in the 1920s. The permanent collection is an overview of art from the 13th to the late 20th century. The museum is located in 'Palacio de Villahermosa'.

From February 23 until May 30 2010 there’s a temporary exhibition ‘Monet and Abstraction’ , showing work from Monet and his successors. The collection is from the museum itself and on loan from famous museums and collections.

Some practical information about the Reina Sofia (Feb. 2010):

• Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday to Saturday 10 am – 7 pm

• Closed on Mondays

• Admission € 8

• Admission temporary exhibition Monet and Abstraction € 8 (limited entry numbers)

• Combined ticket € 13

You can buy a combined pass (‘Paseo del Arte’) for Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza at € 17,60 (the temporary exhibitions in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza are not included, and pay attention at hours of free admission in the Prado and the Reina Sofia!!).

Taking photos inside the museum is not allowed. For more information: (you can choose for English at the bottom of the homepage!)
3 / 3 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
spocklogic says:
I've added another review to compliment yours. I am surprised there are not more reviews on this museum. I think it may be overlooked in favor of the Prado and Reina Sofia perhaps. Well, we can give it a little more attention here that it certainly deserves.
Posted on: Jul 03, 2011
Vlindeke says:
Don't miss it next time ;))
Posted on: Jul 03, 2011
sarahelaine says:
i didn't get time to come here when I was in Madrid - I really regret that! The Reine Sofia and the Prado were amazing, though.
Posted on: Jul 03, 2011
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A Gem of a Museum in Madrid Jul 21, 2009
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:

The Art photos included here are photographs of postcards (a selection of some of my favorites) that I purchased at the museum gift shop. The captions I copied from the back of the cards (in Spanish).
Street Billboard
Museum Entrance
Postcard Collection
Canaletto - Vista de la Plaza de S…
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reikunboy says:
i saw this link in the forums again i like how you do that rather than just tell people what to do. i have been to the Prado but never here. this is a nicely written review.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2012
spocklogic says:
Thanks for the compliment on my review. I do hope you have the chance to see this museum should you visit Madrid. There are a nice mix of things here and I was quite impressed with the selection.
Posted on: Nov 26, 2011
FoxyFauz says:
Insightful review, I will definitely consider this museum if I go to Spain next year. Yes its true, when u r so entralled by the magnificence of the art display u no longer think abt taking photos! I am a big fan of renaissance and neo classical art :)
Posted on: Nov 25, 2011

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