IT has taken two years and cost more that 11 million euros to rebuild the sixteenth century Villalon Palace.
Now, the most exciting new art museum to open in Spain for a decade is ready to throw open its doors.
The brand new Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is set to open in the impressive palace in Malaga on March 24.
The Andalucian arm of the main Madrid museum, it will showcase 230 works from the Spanish baroness Carmen Thyssen’s own private collection.
As well as famous works by Spanish artists Joaquin Sorolla, Joan Mirò, and Picasso, it will be dedicated in particular to Andalucian painters.
The Baroness, also known as Tita Cervera, has been overseeing the building of the museum, which was granted permission to open in 2009.
She has pledged to show the pieces from her collection in Malaga until 2025.
One of the highlights is a piece by Francisco Zurbaran, a Spanish painter best known for still life and religious paintings of monks, nuns and martyrs.
The Baroness says the museum will also host temporary exhibitions of work by French artists such as Degas or Gauguin, which will come from the collection currently housed in the main Thyssen museum in Madrid.
Paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, including his famous Moulin de la Galette, are also said to be among the exhibits.
“The museum is going to be spectacular,” said the Baroness when she visited the site recently.
Most of the paintings come from her ex-husband Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza’s art collection started in the 1920s and continued by his son after his death.
The Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, will open the museum alongside the Baroness and entrance will be free for the first three days.