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6. Carmen Thyssen Space

The Carmen Thyssen Space has been a center dedicated to temporary exhibitions, which was inaugurated in the summer of 2012 with the exhibition Landscapes of Light, Landscapes of Dreams. From Gauguin to Delvaux. Since then, there have been different exhibitions: 2013 (Sisley-Kandinsky-Hopper), 2014 (The ideal in the landscape. From Meifrèn to Matisse and Gontxarova), 2015 (Barcelona - Paris - New York. D'Urgell to O 'Keeffe), 2016 (The illusion of the Far West), 2017 (An ideal world. From Van Gogh to Gauguin and Vasarely), 2018 (Nature in evolution. From Van Goyen to Pissarro and Sacharoff) and 2019 (Iconographies. From Sorolla to Picasso and Valdés). The exhibition is currently on show until 27 October: Between Works. Prefigured Dialogues with the Carmen Thyssen Collection


All were well received, both by the public and critics. Espai Carmen Thyssen became an artistic point of reference on the Costa Brava, placing Sant Feliu de Guíxols at the apex of a triangle -in terms of cultural offer-, together with Girona and Figueres. The center did not have a permanent fund. It only hosted temporary exhibitions of the Carmen Thyssen Collection, which used to be from June to October.

The Carmen Thyssen Space was distributed between the second and third floors of the Palau de l'Abat, in the Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, a monastic complex of the Benedictine order with Romanesque roots.

On the second floor of the palace we found rooms 1, 2 and 3 of the exhibition. In this area of ​​the residential building were the services of the monastic institution itself, as well as the administrative and secretarial uses.

The Carmen Thyssen Space unfolded in five more rooms (from 4 to 8) on the third floor of the former abbey residence. This level had the air of a stately home, of a small country palace, endowed with great natural light. The floor was the abbot's private space (with his personal chamber and an office) and also the area where he received political and ecclesiastical dignitaries with a hall, dining room and a guest room.

Espai Carmen Thyssen started its eighth and, for now, last season with the Iconographies exhibition. From Sorolla to Picasso and Valdés, together with the Bancaixa Foundation as a consolidated centre.

In 2022, an innovative format was tested. For ten days in August, a digital exhibition "(In)visible" was held. It was a projection on the walls of the Monastery of some of the most representative paintings of Catalan painting, which are part of the Carmen Thyssen collection.

The Carmen Thyssen Museum project is in an initial phase and contemplates the expansion, both of activities and spaces, in the near future with the vocation to be placed in parallel with its counterparts in Madrid and Malaga .





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