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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The fascinating Carmen Thyssen Museum contributes to Málagas growing cultural scene

A favourite amongst the leading art museums worldwide, and one of Madrid’s most iconic attractions the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. However, such a high standard of art is no longer just restricted to the large capital cities. In fact last year the Carmen Thyssen Museum opened in one of Malaga’s most opulent historical buildings, underlining the city’s potential as an upcoming centre of culture and art.

The fascinating Carmen Thyssen Museum contributes to Málagas growing cultural scene
Formerly known more for its Mediterranean charm, the big and varied city has in recent years undergone a complete beautification process and has added various top international museums to its collection. The Carmen Thyssen Museum is one of the most prominent among these and is found right at the core of the city, and so close to other cultural venues, museums, shops and restaurants.

Residents of Málaga, its suburbs and many visitors from afar come here to view an important part of the renowned Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, one of the largest of its kind worldwide. The stylishly restored Palacio de Villalón houses this collection, located in a city mansion from the 16th century found near to the Plaza de la Constitución and the renowned Calle Larios.

The fascinating Carmen Thyssen Museum contributes to Málagas growing cultural scene
This sublime location forms the perfect venue for such a museum, uniting tastefully renovated historical elements with modern architectural elements, complete with a spacious centrally located courtyard. The museum contains works of many famous artists, from Gauguin to Breughel and much more. The Spanish artists are particularly highlighted in a variety of ways, but especially in the form of cultural events and landscapes that really underpin Spain and Andalucía.

We are shown what Spain was like before the invention of modern technology and globalisation, which lowered the variety present between different countries. This is done by artists of the 18th and 19th century who have recorded contemporary landscapes, festivities and village scenes.  Just like we do today, they not only recorded what there was to see, but also the realities and underlying themes of society in Spain.

The fascinating Carmen Thyssen Museum contributes to Málagas growing cultural scene
In other words, old Spain comes to life on the canvasses of significant artists such as Sarolla, Casas I Carbó, and Julio Romero de Torres, in a manner that spans from the middle ages to the 20th century, including many other great artists along the way. The museum is also a popular venue for various other events and offers throughout the year a variety of activities. Particularly prominent are the temporary exhibitions that bring the cultural scene to life in this sunny area of Europe.

The fascinating Carmen Thyssen Museum contributes to Málagas growing cultural scene
It is hoped that people will now think twice before assuming that the Costa del Sol is just about the sun. People will recognise its increasingly refined regional capital or, better still, will visit the sights and sounds of Málaga for themselves.

www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org

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