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Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

One of the most important art collections in the world, the Thyssen-Bornemisza focuses on European painting from the 13th to the 20th centuries and is the perfect complement to the Prado (for further details see Museo del Prado) and Reina Sofía. Wealthy industrialist Baron Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza began acquiring Old Masters in the 1920s for his villa in Switzerland. After the baron’s death in 1947 his son, Hans Heinrich, added modern masterpieces, including French Impressionists, German Expressionists and the pick of the Russian Avant Garde (for further details see Modern Paintings in the Thyssen), to the collection. In 1993 the state bought the 1,000-strong collection for the knock-down price of $350 million (the ...

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