Did you know that there are 20 museums in Andorra? After the Vatican, it is the country with the most museums per square metre. One of them is the Carmen Thyssen Museum, where you can admire pieces of art from her private collection and which offers a different temporary exhibition every year. Until the 8th of January 2023 you can discover Made in Paris: the generation of Matisse, Lagar and Foujita, which exhibits the works of international artists who imbibed the Paris of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
An afternoon at the museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum is divided into different blocks representing the most representative schools of the period from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century, with the peculiarity that they follow the lines of the Parisian metro.
You can admire works by the artists who give their name to the exhibition and others such as Thomas Hart Benton, Francisco Bores, Hermen Anglada Camarasa and Baltasar Lobo, who were inspired by the artistic currents of the French capital to create their works of art.
In addition, music will accompany the exhibition with performances by French pianists from the mid-20th century.
On this occasion, your visit to the Thyssen Museum will make you feel like you are in the Paris of the Belle Époque.
The Carmen Thyssen Andorra Museum
It is located in Escaldes-Engrodany, next to the parish church, on the ground floor of an emblematic building: the Valira guesthouse. It was one of the oldest hotels in Andorra, founded in the 1930s by the monks of Montserrat, who promoted the benefits of the town’s thermal waters. The building is protected as a representative example of granite architecture. It currently houses dwellings and cannot be visited, with the exception of the Carmen Thyssen Museum.