Thursday, 14 October 2021

09.30 Welcome by Guillermo Solana (Artistic Director, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid)



Topic I. Gestation and Consolidation of the Collection.

10.00 Lecture 1:  Profit and Passion: Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza on His Way to Becoming an Art Collector by Johannes Gramlich (Research Associate, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich).

10.45 Lecture 2: My Years at the Villa Favorita by Marco Grassi (former conservator at Villa Favorita). 

11.30 Panel

Speakers:
Stuttgart, 5 May 1961: Prerequisites and Consequences by Ingeborg Henze-Ketterer and Wolfgang Henze (Galerie Henze & Ketterer - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archiv - Archiv Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Bern).
A Distinctive Approach to Collecting by María Dolores Jiménez-Blanco (General Director of Fine Arts, Government of Spain, Madrid).

Moderator:
Juan Ángel Lopez-Manzanares (Curator, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid).



Topic II. Artistic Guidelines and Trends in the Baron’s Collecting Activity.

15.00 Lecture 1: Hidden Gems: A Visit to La Moraleja by Roberto Contini (Curator of 16th and 17th-century Italian and Spanish Painting and 17th-century French Painting, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin).

15.45 Lecture 2: Going ‘Off Piste: Interview with Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza, July 1989” by Peter Vergo (Emeritus Professor, University of Essex).

16.30 Panel

Speakers:
A Rembrandt Puzzle by Ivan Gaskell (Professor of Cultural History and Museum Studies, Bard Graduate Center, New York).
- Why the Russian-Avant Garde? by Nicoletta Misler (Professor, Università degli Studi di Napoli L’Orientale, Naples) and John Bowlt (Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles).

Moderator:
Paloma Alarcó (Chief Curator of Modern Painting, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid) .

Friday, 15 October 2021

Topic III. Anticipating Blockbusters: The Exhibitions of the 1980s.

10.00 Lecture 1: The Cultural Diplomacy of Baron H. H. Thyssen-Bornemisza: Personal Recollections of My Tenure as Curator of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection from 1979 to 1986 by Simon de Pury (former chairman and chief auctioneer of Phillips de Pury & Company, private dealer, art adviser, photographer and DJ).

10.45 Lecture 2: Private Collection, Public Space: The Evolution of the International Touring Exhibitions by Susan Moore (Associate Editor of Apollo magazine and author of a forthcoming biography of Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza).

11.30 Testimonies (video): Mikhail Piotrovsky (General Director, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg).

11.45 Panel

Speakers:
The Tradition Continues: Exhibitions in Lugano and Abroad in the Second Half of the 1990s by Maria de Peverelli (Executive Chairman of Stonehage Fleming Art Management).
- Small is Great by Elisabeth Hauff (former curator at Villa Favorita, Lugano).
- À la Recherche du Baron: The 1988 Royal Academy Exhibition by David Ekserdijan (Professor, University of Leicester).

Moderator:
Guillermo Solana (Artistic Director, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid).



Topic IV. A Destination for the Collection.

15.45 Panel

Speakers:
Moving to a New Home by Lucia Cassol (former Head Registrar, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid).
- A Great Collection in Search of a Permanent Home by Edmund Peel (Director, Edmund Peel Fine Art Consulting).
- Why Villahermosa Palace? by Rafael Moneo (Architect).
- A Look at How the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Came to Spain by Miguel Satrústegui (Professor, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid).
- Back to the Future: Legal Protection for the Collection’s Acquisition by Fernando Pérez de la Sota (Professor, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid).

Moderator:
Evelio Acevedo (Managing Director, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid).