Carmen Thyssen and the government they continue to work for the legal representation of the rental agreement for the art collection of the baroness when two months have passed since they announced their pact, sources of the culture Ministry.
This Monday is the period that both parties had given each other to close a series of fringes, although the agreement was firm on the fundamental issues, as stated by both parties. These conversations could take a little longer, according to sources close to the negotiation.
On January 29, the Ministry of Culture and the Baroness’s lawyers announced an agreement for the rental of the Baroness’s collection: 15-year contract, a rent of 6.5 million euros per year and the return of the ‘Mata Mua’, by Gauguin.
The Minister of Culture, José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, said last week that both parties were still talking and “everything was already closed”, the only thing missing was to “formalize the contract.” Negotiations between the Government and the Baroness have lasted for more than ten years, but Rodríguez Uribes, who has personally been in charge of the negotiations, has gone much further than his ten predecessors with the document signed at the end of January. Negotiations for the Baroness’s Collection go back to the time of Mariano Rajoy as Minister of Culture. The State had bought the collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza a few years before, and shortly afterwards, the free transfer of his wife’s collection was agreed to complete the museum’s offer.
The State expanded the museum to house the more than 700 frames that Carmen Thyssen gave away for free for a decade. The operation cost 38 million euros and added more than 8,300 square meters to the Madrid museum. The disagreement came when the free transfer period ended in 2011, with Ángeles González-Sinde at the head of the Ministry, and in the midst of the economic crisis. Extensions of one year, six months and then three followed.
Negotiations, conversations and tug of war between both parties They followed each other until last year, when the baroness took four paintings, a Hopper, a Degás, a Monet and Gauguin’s ‘Mata Mua’, in a state of alarm. Uribes had just arrived at the Ministry. In the months that followed, both parties assured that there was a will to negotiate and, on January 29, the agreement was announced in style.