In the Spanish city of Malaga, most museums are free to enter on Sunday in the late afternoon/evening. I was torn between the Picasso Museum and the Carmen Thyssen. Both museums were free from 5pm, the Picasso closed at 7pm and the Carmen Thyssen at 8pm. I’d been warned that I might have to queue for more than 30 minutes to get into either museum. As I didn’t want to stand in queues for more than one hour, I decided to stick to one, the Carmen Thyssen, in order to see the work of a variety of Spanish artists.
I had to queue for 40 minutes to get into the Carmen Thyssen. It appeared that the staff were only permitting a few visitors to enter every few minutes.
Below are some of my favourites pieces from the permanent collection at the Carmen Thyssen.
Carmen en Malaga by Mercedes Lasarte
Landscape at Hernrn by Dario do Regoyos
Avila by Aureliano de Beruete y Moret
Seascape: View of the Bay of Palma de Mallorca by Antonio Munoz Degrain
Rocks at Javea and the White Boat by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida
Flamenco Dance by Ricard Canals i Llambi
Valencians by Julia Vila y Prades
Cattle Fair at Salamanca by Franscisco Iturrino
Composition Nude by Celso Lagar
The Baths at Seville by Francesco Iturrino
I could see similarities between some of the pieces at the Carmen Thyssen and paintings by the Scottish Colourist John Fergusson, one of which you can see below.
At My Studio Window at the Fergusson Gallery in Perth, Scotland
Landscape at Dusk with Denatzaris by Valentin de Zubiaurre
I had read that the Carment Thyssen had a roof terrace, so went out there to have a seat and a break.
Even if you are not into art, it’s worth visiting the Carmen Thyssen on a Sunday evening to sit on the terrace, between the flowers and under the huge bell tower.
The Port of Malaga by Manuel Barron y Carillo
Atrium of St Paula Convent by Manyuel Garcia Rodriguez
The Cordoba Fair by Julio Romero de Torres
Courting Spanish Style by Jose Garcia Ramos
Dance for the Priest by Juan Garcia Ramos
I happily spent two hours at the Carmen Thyssen and left feeling vindicated in the choice to focus on one free museum.