The culture Ministry and Sport and Carmen Thyssen They have agreed extend the signing of the contract for the third time so that the Baroness’s collection remains in Spain for a period of 15 years and with the inclusion of the ‘Mata Mua’, as reported to Europa Press sources of the negotiation.

In previous postponements of the signature, both parties have already clarified that “there is no problem“and attributed these extensions for the signature to” bureaucratic procedures “.”They are technical nuances and at the moment the important issues were already in the pre-agreement. It’s just a matter of time“, they assured.

“The matter is going well and the agreement is made. The central elements are and now are the lawyers of one party and the other finalizing the details of the contract “, The Minister of Culture and Sports, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, pointed out in statements collected by Europa Press during an official visit in Rome last May.

The minister advanced that when the document is ready “from the legal point of view” it will be signed in an act in which the baroness’s son will also be present, Borja Thyssen, which is co-owner of part of the collection.

This is the third extension given to sign this agreement, originally scheduled for last March. The agreement with Baroness Thyssen was reached on January 29 and provided that his collection will remain in Spain for a period of 15 years and with the inclusion of ‘Mata Mua’ by Paul Gauguin, which left the museum in June of last year.

The agreement would involve the payment of 6.5 million euros per year to the Baroness although both parties gave each other two months to negotiate the final contract, which was finally extended for another three months.

In the Informative Breakfasts of Europa Press held on March 8 in Madrid, the minister referred to the aforementioned agreement, highlighting his “commitment” to include the return of the ‘Mata Mua’, which along with the other works had left Spain ” because I could “. “Until we have reached this agreement, the works belong to the Baroness and she had the right to remove them“, said Rodríguez Uribes.

The loan of the 429 works in the collection owned by Carmen Thyssen was signed in 1991 for a period of ten years and, since then, it has been renewed annually since 2011. At the beginning of 2017 the baroness demanded from the Ministry of Culture a new framework of relations with the State, understanding that the contract was “obsolete.”

Since then, the Ministry, initially with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, then with José Guirao at the head and now with José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, have held negotiations with Carmen Thyssen for the signing of a new contract that has made it necessary to periodically renew the State guarantee of the works.

This agreement would put an end to nine years of extensions of the loan that Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza de Kászon had agreed with the State in 2002 and that were to be extended every few months. In this way, the two collections would meet again, that of Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza and that of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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