400 works of art can leave the walls of the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum) in Madrid was in a difficult situation - a lease collections belonging to 73-year-old Baroness Carmen Servers (Carmen Cervera), the widow of industrial magnate Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza (Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza ), who died in 2002, came to an end on Monday, 30 of January. The future of the collection, which consists of 429 works, estimated at 750 million euro and includes the works of Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin, Rodin, Matisse and Picasso, is in limbo.
The server has threatened to take his collection from Spain if a new agreement is reached. Minister of Education, Sports and Culture of Spain Inigo Mendez de Vigo (Inigo Mendez de Vigo) has promised that the deal will be concluded before the end of this week.
Most of the works collection kept in the Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, in the historic Palace of Villahermosa. In 1993, the museum has acquired 775 works dating from XIII-XX centuries., From the collection of Baron, which at that time was considered the largest part of the collection of art in the world. The transaction amount was small - only 350 million US dollars. In 1999, the personal collection of Baron was supplemented with works belonging to his wife Carmen Servers, and transferred to the museum in Madrid in rent for 11 years. When the contract expired, the Baroness suggested that the Spanish State to acquire its collection, but the deal never took place. Instead, the lease was again extended with the agreement to make a final decision in 2016.
Carmen Servers expressed the desire to preserve the collection for the Spanish people, but at the same time have the opportunity to personally dispose of part of it. In 2011, he opened a second Server Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Malaga, and in March of this year, plans to open a third in Andorra, where the Baroness has a permanent residence.