Museo Carmen Thyssen (Malaga), a great place for art lovers

By | 8 January, 2016 | 0 comments

Malaga has, over recent years, found itself a reputation as a great place for art lovers.  Most recently, the 2011 opening of the Museo Carmen Thyssen, has helped to cement the city’s reputation and bring in around 180,000 visitors per year.

corrida de toros mariano fortuny
Corrida de toros, picador herido, by Mariano fortuny

This cultural centre is funded by Baroness Thyssen, and is housed in a renaissence building – the Palacio de Villalon – in the historical centre of the city.  The building itself is a beautiful, airy space to complement the paintings and yet retain a real flavour of Andaluz architecture.  During renovations, Roman remains were found below the former palace, as well as a Byzantine-style fountain.

The museum’s chief focus is on 19th and early 20th century Spanish painting, and includes works by such greats as Mariano Fortuny, Joaquin Sorolla, Ramon Casay and Ignacio Zuloaga, many of which will be of interest to fans of impressionism.

Notable works include Casas’ Retrato de Julia, Zuloaga’s La Corrida de Toros and Corrida de toros, picador herido by Mariano Fortuny.  Many visitors enjoy the collection’s special attention to the history and culture of Spain, and this collection is a potent reminder of how much things have changed over the past 100 years.  Guided tours are also available if you would like to make the most of your visit.

The museum is a pleasant 20 minute walk from the Gran Hotel Miramar, taking in much of the historic city centre on the way.

More information

Museo Carmen Thyssen

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm. Closed Mondays, 25th December and 1st January. La entrada es gratuita todos los domingos a partir de las 5 de la tarde.

Admission fee: From 6 Euros for the pernament collection to 4.50 for temporary exhibitions. Combined ticked 9 Euros.  There are discounts available for over 65s and students, and the collection is free to all from 5 o’clock onwards every Sunday afternoon.

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