In the 1920s, Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza's paintings form the most important private collection in the world after that of Queen Elizabeth II. Years later, he expanded considerably for his son, offering today a unique vision of the history of painting.
In 1989, the Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Kingdom of Spain signed an agreement to host the private art collection of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza at the Palacio de Villahermosa.
The framework agreement defined specific criteria for the environmental control of the collection, including the control of temperature, humidity, air filtration and lighting levels, as well as some levels of security.
Following these criteria, Arup developed a detailed program design based on the experience gained in similar projects and carried out an extensive internal reconstruction.
The art gallery, which soon was added to the Madrid’s cultural as one of the main museums in Spain for its distinguished works, has changed its original name, becoming the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum.
1 million visitors every year
18,500m2gross floor area
900+pieces of art
Today, the building is an exemplary cultural hub that is always up-to-date and capable of accompanying the museum’s dynamic of constant evolution both artistically and culturally. ” Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Director of Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation