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The Carmen Thyssen Museum (Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga) is an art museum in the Spanish city Málaga. The main focus of the museum is 19th-century Spanish painting, predominantly Andalusian,[1] based on the collection of Carmen Cervera, third wife of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza.

Museo Carmen Thyssen
Palacio de Villalón.jpg
LocationCalle Compañía, Málaga, Spain
TypeArt museum
DirectorLourdes Moreno (English version)

Since 1992 the Thyssen family's art collection has been on display at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. However, Carmen Thyssen has been an art collector in her own right since the 1980s, and her personal collection is shown separately. In 1999, she agreed to display many items from her collection in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum for a period of twelve years. Meanwhile, a home for her collection was sought in Málaga. This museum, a conversion of a sixteenth-century building, opened to the public on 24 March 2011.[2]



The purpose-built museum was developed by RG Arquitectos Asociados around the 16th century Baroque Palacio de Villalón, which was partly reconstructed on this occasion. The exhibition spaces, three rooms for the permanent collection and two for temporary exhibitions, were newly built next to the palace, which houses the Old Masters collection. Overall, the museum covers 7,147 square metres, of which 5,185 can be used to display art.[3]

Highlights of the collectionEdit



  1. ^ "Baroness Carmen Thyssen Opens New Museum in Málaga with More than 230 Works". Art Daily. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza". Carmen Thyssen Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ "The Museum's Headquarters". Carmen Thyssen Museum. Retrieved 8 January 2013.

Coordinates: 36°43′17″N 4°25′22″W / 36.72139°N 4.42278°W / 36.72139; -4.42278