Created in 1988, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation pioneered a new formula for the private management of public assets in Spain, and its efficacy has been apparent ever since the museum opened its doors in October 1992. Since that time, both the museum and the foundation that manages it have grown and evolved, expanding the collections and facilities with the addition of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection as a long-term loan in 2004 and the extension of the Villahermosa Palace, as well as increasing the number and variety of activities, temporary exhibitions and educational programmes. The team of people who makes the institution’s daily existence possible has also been augmented, but the motor that keeps the foundation running smoothly has always been their drive and motivation.
Throughout its history, the museum has always placed particular emphasis on its goal of disseminating the collection with programmes and activities designed to involve every kind of audience in its cultural project. This is still a top priority, as is the goal of satisfying the demands of visitors and collaborators by applying criteria of constant innovation and quality. The museum’s strategy is to achieve a streamlined administrative management, seeking to maximise revenues and control the costs involved in organising an intense programme of cultural activities, as well as to ensure optimum gallery conditions, maintenance of the facilities and high standards for services. Our commitment is to raise the bar of quality in the Spanish cultural arena by implementing transparent, effective and efficient management practices.