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.
It has different exhibitions on display since then: 2013 (Sisley-Kandinsky-Hopper), 2014 (The ideal in the landscape . Among Meifrén, Matisse and Goncharova), 2015 (Barcelona - Paris - New York. From Urgell to O'Keeffe), 2016 ( The Illusion of the Far West), 2017 (An ideal world. From Van Gogh to Gauguin and Vasarely), 2018 (Nature in evolution. From Van Goyen to Pissarro and Sacharoff) and 2019 (Iconographies. From Sorolla to Picasso and Valdés). All of them had a good acceptance from both public and critic.
The 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. This Space does not have a permanent collection. Until now, it offers temporary exhibitions of the Carmen Thyssen Collection from June to October.
The Carmen Thyssen Space is located on the second and the third floors of the Abbot’s Palace, at the Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery, which belongs to the Benedictine order and has 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 his private room, a dining-room and an office for his guests.
The Carmen Thyssen Space had offered its eighth exhibition with Iconographies. From Sorolla to Picasso and Valdés, together with Fundació Bancaixa. There is a project that plans an extension of the Space, with activities and new spaces, in a near future, aiming to achieve a position at the same level of the Madrid and Malaga Museums.
At present, we are working in the next summer exhibition.