A journey through the History of Art from the 13th to the 20th century
In the nearly one thousand works on display, visitors can contemplate the major periods and schools of western art, from the Renaissance through Mannerism, Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism and the art of the 19th and 20th centuries to Pop Art. The museum also features works from some movements that are under-represented in state-owned collections, such as Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism and the experimental avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. It also boasts an important collection of 19th-century American painting which is unique among European museums.
Durer, Raphael, Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Picasso, Hopper and Rothko are some of the great painters whose works enthrall visitors. This international collection, which is now state-owned, was originally private, the result of the exquisite taste of its two main creators, Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1875-1947) and his son, Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza (1921-2002). In 2004 the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection was added, with more than 200 pieces on loan, complementing the styles and genres already present in the Permanent Collection. Accessible, lively, pioneering, sustainable and rigorous in its insistence on quality, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is designed for the general public to enjoy, especially young people. Temporary exhibitions, educational activities, online games, courses, competitions, concerts, live music, workshops, films, theatre... An endless array of options for endless types of visitors.