20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Carmen Thyssen Museum - Malaga

We're SO grateful to not have any of the snow that is plaguing the rest of Europe, but we haven't gotten off scot-free either. Yesterday was our third day of rain in Malaga and it's torrential.  Umbrellas held high we cued outside the Carmen Thyssen Museum and as I was not about to take a photo in the pouring rain the photo of the exterior of the museum below is courtesy of Google!  

The museum is spread over four floors and the building while being modern also retains elements of its historic past.

Even the hallways were a work of art, although to be honest this stark wave-like effect made navigation onto the next exhibit room somewhat confusing as there was little in the way of signage to suggest the proper route.

The main focus of the museum is 19th-century Spanish painting, predominantly dealing with Andalusia, and in keeping with that theme I did my best to feature Malaga and its environs as much as possible in the paintings I selected.

View of the Giralda From Calle Placentines by Joaquin Dominguez Becquer, 1836

Port of Malaga by Manuel Barron y Carrillo, 1847

At the Seville Fair by Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano, c. 1855

The Seville Fair by Joaquin Dominguez Becquer, 1867

Returning to the Convent by Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala, 1868

Genre Scene at the Alcazar of Seville by Manuel Wssel de Guimbarda, 1872

Winter in Andalusia (Poplars and Sheep at Alcala de Guadaira by Emilio Sanchez-Perrier, 1880
The Reding Fountain by Guillermo Gomez Gil, c. 1880-1885
Rosqulla Sellers in a Corner of Seville by Manuel Wssel de Guimbarda, 1881

Courting Spanish Style by Jose Garcia Ramos, 1883

Model Making Mischief by Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1885

Choir Boys by Jose Gallegos y Arnosa, c. 1885-1890

Rumours by Jose Gallegos y Arnosa, 1893

View of the Port of Malaga by Guillermo Gomez Gil, 1896

Seascape. View of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca by Antonio Munoz Degrain,  c. 1905-1910
The Concha, Night-time by Dario de Regoyos y Valdes, c. 1906
Nun by Julio Romero de Torres, 1911

Julia by Ramon Casas i Carbo, c. 1915

Dusk Over the Coast of Malaga by Guillermo Gomez Gil, 1918
Inside Courtyard, Seville by Manuel Garcia Rodriquez, 1920

The Fortune Telling by Julio Romero de Torres, 1920
The Masters Gallery is not only discussed in the middle of the audio tour, but also on the middle floor of the gallery building. To our way of thinking it should have been the first place one visits in the Carmen Thyssen, but then again we're not the curators! Still, this exhibit is a wonderful combination of both medieval Spanish and European religious sculpture and paintings.

Entry to the Masters Gallery

The Dead Christ, artist unknown (Italian?) c. 1230-1250
Santa Marina by Francisco de Zurbaran, c. 1640-1650

In total we spent two and a half hours in the Carmen Thyssen Museum and found the audio guide to be a great asset in the overall enjoyment and appreciation during our visit. As I mentioned earlier, the building is in the historic centre of Malaga and impressive in and of itself. One of the key features for me was a third floor framed window that not only catches visitors off guard (it takes a few seconds to realize this is not another painting!) but offers a spectacular outside view of historic Malaga. 

When we visited Madrid last year our favourite art gallery was the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and we were hopeful the Malaga version would live up to our expectations. We're happy to say it did and without hesitation recommend a visit should you find yourself in Malaga.

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