Thyssen Bornemisza Museum: Themed tours

The museum dedicates for the first time a monographic exhibition to a Spanish artist, Isabel Quintanilla (1938-2017), one of the fundamental figures of contemporary realism. Avoid the queues with your preferred ticket and gain access to the exhibition.

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza is a must see in Madrid. It is one of the most relevant museums in the city, in the country and in the world.

Its impressive art collection mesmerizes all types of public, and that is due to its catalogue of about 1,000 works on display that range from ancient painting of the 13th century to the avant-gardes of the 20th century.

The collection includes great artists such as Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Kandinsky, Hopper or Picasso.

Besides this, the museum schedules important temporary exhibitions that play a major role within the cultural agenda of the city. It also offers many activities for all audiences, and most especially for young people: concerts, cinema, workshops and conferences, among others.

Lastly, the Museum Shop, with an independent access, is an elegant space with exclusive items inspired by some works of art, created by well-known artists and designers as well as by local artisans.

Temporary exhibition

For the first time, the museum dedicates a monographic exhibition to a Spanish artist, Isabel Quintanilla (1938-2017), one of the fundamental figures of contemporary realism.

The exhibition brings together a hundred works from throughout her career, including her most outstanding paintings and drawings, many of them pieces never seen in Spain as they are mainly in museums and collections in Germany, a country where she had an outstanding recognition in the 1970s and 1980s. Quintanilla lived and worked at a time in the history of Spain when women artists had neither the weight nor the prominence enjoyed by male artists, an aspect she did not overlook in her public statements in order to vindicate the value of her work and that of her female colleagues.

Isabel Quintanilla's painting is the result of a resounding mastery of technique and of a trade acquired in different schools, but, above all, of a continuous work over time. The artist always referred to the constant struggle to solve the problems that painting poses to anyone who wants to use it to experience reality in a different way.

The selection of works proposes an evocative journey that immerses us in the "Quintanilla world", starring her most personal objects, the intimacy of the rooms of the different homes and workshops where she lived and worked, as well as her family and colleagues. A universe in which the visitor will recognize environments and objects that will activate her emotions, a goal that was always present in the author. As she herself stated on numerous occasions, painting was her life and her life was painting.


Paseo del Prado, 8 Madrid

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a 19:00 permanent exhibit
  • Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a 21:00 temporary exhibit.
    • Last access with ticket: 1 hour before the museum closes.
    • 24 and 31 December: 10:00 a 15:00
    • 1 January, 1 may and 25 December: closed.

Reduced and free entry to the museum

Concessions apply to the following

  • Students regardless of age and nationality, with valid student card and in force (university, college, graduate, doctorate ...).
  • Visitors over 65 with ID card or passport, valid and in force.
  • Members duly accredited as large family with large family card,valid and in force.

Free entry applies to the following

  • Children and young people under the age of 18. (children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult).
  • Citizens with disability above 33% with disability card, valid and in force. a person accompanying the disabled person will be entitled to a free ticket when their assistance is required to facilitate the visit (this condition should be stated on the disability card and/or official document expended by the relevant public authority).
  • Families comprised of one or more adults and three children (or two, if one of them is disabled), on the same official large family card.

Visitors who do not properly prove their status of reduction or gratuity must pay the balance of the ticket at the Museum ́s box office in order to visit.

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