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Thyssen Baroness might give the MNAC between 600 and 700 paintings from her collection

The owner of one of the world’s largest art collections, unveiled the exhibition named ‘Rusiñol, Monet, Gauguin, Sunyer. Landscapes in Carmen Thyssen’s Collection’ at Girona’s CaixaForum. The exhibition shows 51 paintings by these masters as well as Joan Miró, Joaquim Mir, Antoni Tàpies, Modest Cuixart, Théodore Rousseau, Georges Braque and Henri Matisse. The exhibition aims to set a “dialogue”, and show the evolution of the Catalan and European landscape paintings. Carmen Thyssen stated her relationship with Catalonia’s National Museum of Art (MNAC) is “excellent” and “it would be a dream” to have her collection in Barcelona, although “it is still early” to make an official announcement.

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07 September 2012 12:19 AM

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ACN / Marina López / Lourdes Casademont

Girona (ACN).- The Thyssen Baroness, who is the owner of one of the world\u2019s greatest private painting collections, stated she might give Catalonia\u2019s National Museum of Art (MNAC) between 600 and 700 paintings from her collection. Carmen Thyssen stated \u201Cit would be a dream\u201D to have her collection in Barcelona, although \u201Cit is still early\u201D to make an official announcement and unveil any details. Nonetheless, Thyssen reiterated that she has an \u201Cexcellent\u201D relationship with the Barcelona-based museum, which already shows a small selection of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. The Thyssen Baroness gave those hints while unveiling an exhibition made up of 51 paintings from her collections at Girona\u2019s CaixaForum, sponsored by Barcelona-based \u2018La Caixa\u2019 bank. The exhibition \u2018Rusiñol, Monet, Gauguin, Sunyer. Els paisatges de Carmen Thyssen\u2019 (\u2018Rusiñol, Monet, Gauguin, Sunyer. Landscapes in Carmen Thyssen\u2019s Collection\u2019 in English) shows paintings from these masters as well as from Joan Miró, Joaquim Mir, Antoni Tàpies, Modest Cuixart, Théodore Rousseau, Georges Braque and Henri Matisse, among others. The exhibition aims to show the evolution of Catalan and European painting of landscapes, establishing a dialogue between paintings from the same periods. The exhibition shows the links between Catalan and European paintings from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries.


In the last months, the Thyssen Baroness and the MNAC have been negotiating the showing of a large part of her collection in Barcelona, in Montjuic. According to the Baroness\u2019 latest statement, the talks seem to be reaching a final agreement, although \u201Cit is still early\u201D to make any announcement. However, Carmen Thyssen emphasised \u201Cit would be a dream\u201D to show part of her collection \u201Cin her city, Barcelona\u201D. Thyssen said she \u201Cbelieved we would be talking about some 600 or 700 paintings, although the experts would be those making the final selection\u201D. The paintings might come from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, other museums, and some warehouses, where part of the collection is stored.

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  • Carmen Thyssen (left) in front of a painting by Joaquim Sunyer (by M. López)

  • The exhibition shows paintings by Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Sunyer, Paul Gauguin, Joaquim Mir, Antoni Tàpies, or Claude Monet

  • Carmen Thyssen (left) in front of a painting by Joaquim Sunyer (by M. López)
  • The exhibition shows paintings by Santiago Rusiñol, Joaquim Sunyer, Paul Gauguin, Joaquim Mir, Antoni Tàpies, or Claude Monet