Manager of Thyssen Museum quits two weeks after opening

JUST three weeks after its inauguration, two members of management have resigned from Malaga’s Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza museum. The museum located in the heart of Malaga’s historical centre, opened in the 16th century Palacio de Villalon. The manager, Maria Lopez, and Tomas Llorens, a member of the museum board and ‘right-hand man’ to Baroness Thyssen during the creation of the museum have left.

The Baroness claims Llorens wanted to “manage the museum as he pleased” and she is not willing to allow it.

In his letter of resignation, Llorens says that the reason he is leaving is because Javier Ferrer, who was the General Coordinator at Malaga City Hall until a month ago, has been named manager of the museum without going through any process of selection, when he has no experience in museum management.

Meanwhile, the Baroness says Maria Lopez “has not adapted to the city and neither have her children”.  She also mentioned health matters.

However, it is thought that Llorens’s decision may have influenced her, as just days earlier, she made no mention of resigning.


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