: Dowager Baroness Thyssen threatens to remove
: hundreds of her paintings from the Thyssen
: Museum in Madrid and even from Spain.
: The story begins in the 90s when France,
: England and MadridSpain disputed the huge
: art collection of Baron Thyssen (Pr.Charles
: alledged was involved on the british
: In 1993, the Baron eventually would sell 775
: pieces of his collection to Spain for the
: modic price of 350 million dollars.
: The spanish state ceded the Villahermosa
: Palace to host the artworks and aside from
: the Baron collection, his wife, the
: socialite Tita Cervera, took the lift and
: hosted there her private collection of 429
: works as a free loan –apparently now they
: are worth 800 million dollars.
: The agreement ended last January and the
: baroness threatens to take her own
: collection if an arrangement wouldn’t be
: fixed with the spanish state.
: The Baroness wants to be free of disposing
: of her paintings and exhibit them abroad and
: out of Madrid.
: She claims she prefers to have the whole
: collection together and she would have no
: problem in extending the loan, provided the
: state agrees that she could have c. 60
: pieces for those foreign exhibitions,
: something she claims the former Museum
: director always allowed, but the present one
: does not.
: Sources near the government claim what the
: Baroness really wants is to be free to sell
: pieces of her collection at her pleasure as
: she has done in the past (after all, they
: belong to her, right ?) having sold a
: Constable in 2012 by c. € 28.000.000.
: The baroness said she needed the cash and
: that the previous agreement allowed her to
: sell up to 10% of her collection.
: The Culture Minister wants that the
: agreement would prevent her from selling the
: more importante pieces of her collection
: which include a Renoir, a Gauguin, a Monet
: or a Goya.
: Next March, Baroness Thyssen will open a new
: museum in Andorra, the third with her name.
: A couple of years ago, the richissime family
: caused some turmoil when (at least her son)
: declared they were going to live in Andorra
: for tax advantages.