Culture affirms that the collection will suppose “a contribution to the culture and the economic recovery” and that it will redound in the tourism


The Council of Ministers has granted a letter of nature to the agreement signed last January between Carmen Thyssen and the Ministry of Culture and Sports so that the collection of the baroness for a period of 15 years and with the inclusion of the ‘Mata Mua’, for an annual payment of 6.5 million euros, as confirmed to Europa Press ministerial sources.

The former Minister of Culture and Sports José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes stated precisely last week that signing the contract was “a matter of days”, since it was only in the absence of “closing fringes”, although he pointed to the importance of that previous step necessary by the Council of Ministers.

It is going very well and we are closing the fringes of the contract, there is no problem. The point is that you have to finalize a contract and you have to make a rule, which passes through the Council of Ministers, and that requires a formal contract. But it is a matter of days, there will be news soon, “said the then minister during his visit to the ARCO fair.

The Government Spokesperson and Minister of Territorial Policy, Isabel rodriguez, has explained that the authorization comes through a Decree Law that will regulate the leasing of certain entities of the public sector of collections of real estate that are part of the Historical Heritage.

“One of the objectives is to recognize the Thyssen collection and the State guarantee so that the works that comprise it enjoy an insurance regime. Once these leases of the collection are formalized, all the works will already have their coverage in matters of risks due to destruction, extraction or damage, “said Rodríguez at a press conference after the Council of Ministers.

The Royal Decree recognizes the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection the guarantee of the State in such a way that, once the lease of the collection is formalized, the works that comprise it “will enjoy this unique insurance regime.”

Culture has explained that the indirect impact that the approval of this Royal Decree may entail will be “positive, since it will foreseeably contribute to reinforcing the Spanish cultural heritage”. “The improvement of the regime for the incorporation of cultural assets is going to have a very favorable effect on cultural tourism, and, therefore, on economic activity,” he added.

In the case of the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, during 2019, before the situation caused by COVID-19, it received 1,034,872 visitors, 11.5% more than in 2018. The Iceta department believes that the opportunity to have with a collection of works of art from this entity, preventing them from leaving the museum and thus ensuring the position of the museum, “represents a contribution to culture and economic recovery.”

To guarantee the continuity of this growth and contribute to the recovery of cultural tourism and the economy itself, once the toughest moments of the pandemic have been overcome, it is essential to give stability to the presence of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, as a fundamental element and guarantee of cohesion, unity and quality in the institution “, he added.


At the end of last June, Cultura and Carmen Thyssen agreed to extend the signing of the contract for the third time. In previous postponements of the signature, both parties already clarified that “there is no problem” and attributed these extensions to the signature to “bureaucratic procedures.” “They are technical nuances and at the moment the important issues were already in the pre-agreement. It is only a matter of time,” they assured.

The matter is going well and the agreement is done. The central elements are and now are the lawyers on one side and on the other, finalizing the details of the contract, “said Uribes during an official visit in Rome last May.

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

To this day There have been three extensions to sign this agreement, originally scheduled for last March. The agreement with Baroness Thyssen was reached on January 29 and contemplated that her collection would remain in Spain for a period of 15 years and with the inclusion of the ‘Mata Mua’ by Paul Gauguin, which left the museum in June of last year. .

The agreement would entail 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.

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 asked the Ministry of Culture for a new framework of relations with the State because it was understood that the contract was “obsolete.”


Since then, the Ministry, initially with Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, later with José Guirao and José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes at the head and now con Miquel Iceta, 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.

With this agreement, nine years of extensions of the loan that Baroness Thyssen-Bornemisza had agreed with the State in 2002 and that had to be extended every few months would end.. The reunion of the two collections would thus take place, that of Baron Hans Heinrich von Thyssen-Bornemisza and that of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza.

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