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Lucian Freud: Portraits of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Mar 1, 2021 — Dec 31, 2021

No proper celebration of an art-collecting baron's centenary would be complete without some portraits of the main man himself. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, the museum is devoting a gallery to Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, featuring the two portraits of him painted by the British artist Lucian Freud between 1981 and 1985; works that reveal the close ties and long artistic...

No proper celebration of an art-collecting baron's centenary would be complete without some portraits of the main man himself. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth, the museum is devoting a gallery to Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, featuring the two portraits of him painted by the British artist Lucian Freud between 1981 and 1985; works that reveal the close ties and long artistic relationship that existed between the two men.

The first belongs to the museum’s Permanent Collection and depicts the Baron in the immediate foreground of the composition. The second is a full-length image that belongs to the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, loaned for this special occasion. Completing this installation is the oil-on-canvas Pierrot Content (1712) by Antoine Watteau, who appears in the background of the first portrait, behind the Baron’s shoulder. Freud may also have taken its principal figure, Pierrot, as his reference point for the second portrait.

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza: The Baron's Centenary. 1921/2021

  • Admission to the permanent collection of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
  • All special exhibitions included in the special programme to commemorate the Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza Centenary

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Lucian Freud: Portraits of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza (Until Dec 31, 2021)

Goldsmith’s Work: Paintings and Sculptures from the Collection of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza (Until Jan 23, 2022)

The Magritte Machine (Until Jan 29, 2022)

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What started in the 1920s as a private art collection, is now a museum which is part of Madrid's renowned 'Golden Triangle of Art'. Famed for the breadth of its works, you'll find works by Van Gogh, Goya, Hans Holbein The Younger, Titian, Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, and many more here.

Many masters are represented by only a single painting, as the focus of the collection is not on a single artist but the overarching evolution of art. The museum offers a chance to sample a very large array of heavyweights under a single roof.

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 19:00
Thursday 10:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 19:00
Sunday 10:00 - 19:00
Monday Closed

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Paseo del Prado 8, 28014, Madrid
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