6. CARMEN THYSSEN SPACE
The Carmen Thyssen Space is a centre for temporary exhibitions which opened its doors in the summer of 2012 with Light landscapes, dreamy landscapes. From Gauguin to Delvaux. The exhibitions of 2013 (Sisley-Kandinsky-Hopper) and 2014 (The ideal in the landscape. Among Meifrén, Matisse and Goncharova) had again a good acceptance from both public and critics. Carmen Thyssen Space has become an artistic point of reference in the Costa Brava, placing Sant Feliu in the apex of a cultural triangle, together with Girona and Figueres. The centre does not have a permanent collection. Until now, it just has temporary exhibitions of the Carmen Thyssen Collection from June to October.
The Carmen Thyssen Space is distributed between the second and the third floor of the Abbot’s Palace in the Sant Feliu monastery, which is Benedictine with Romanesque roots.
We find the rooms 1, 2 and 3 of the exhibition on the second floor of the palace. There were the services of the monastery in this part of the building, as well as the administration and the secretary’s offices.
The Carmen Thyssen Space has 5 more rooms (from 4 to 8) on the third floor of the old Abbot’s Palace. These rooms look like a stately home or a little rural palace, which have plenty of natural light. These rooms were the abbot’s private space (his bedroom and his office) and the place where he received politicians or clergymen. There were a room, a dining-room and an office for the guests.
The Carmen Thyssen Space presents the fourth exhibition called Barcelona-Paris-New York. From Urgell to O’Keeffe and consolidates itself as a cultural centre. It is planned an expansion of activities and spaces in a near future. The aim is to place it on the same level as Madrid and Malaga Thyssen Museums. The exhibition shows the evolution of the city representation from the Romanticism to the Avant-gardes. The three metropolises on the title are a clear example of that.
In order to deal with this topic, the aesthetic influences and the artists’ personalities explain the transition between the 19th and the 20th century: from the rural world to the life in the city and the changing society. Barcelona, Paris and New York are the main characters and the people who live in them, too. These citizens, who are absorbed by the noise of the city, look for the intimacy, whether in a domestic space or a garden.