The Mirador del Carmen Exhibition Hall exceeds 15,000 visits since opening

The exhibition center opened to the public on April 5 with the exhibition ‘Living in Painting. Spanish Art in the Carmen Thyssen Collection’.

The Estepona Town Hall reports that the exhibition hall of the Mirador del Carmen has exceeded 15,000 visits since it opened its doors on April 5 with the exhibition ‘Living in painting. Spanish art in the Carmen Thyssen Collection’. During five days of Holy Week alone, almost 5,000 visits were recorded, with days in which the exhibition reached its maximum capacity.

Among the visitors, the presence of the local public stands out, which so far accounts for 70 percent of the entries, compared to national tourists, who make up 19 percent of those registered. The remaining 11 percent are tourists from other countries such as England, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Belgium and the United States. Although the aforementioned are the main nationalities of origin, the Exhibition Hall has received visits from tourists from up to 32 different countries.

The directors of the Mirador del Carmen exhibition center, Lorena Codes and José Luis García Gómez, have indicated that “the public’s response is overwhelming. We knew that the quality of the exhibition ‘Living in the painting’ would achieve a good reception, but we did not expect that there would be days with more than a thousand visits”.

The exhibition offers 46 pieces that cover more than 160 years of Spanish art – with the exception of ‘Estepona Beach with a view of the Rock of Gibraltar’, by Fritz Bamberger – and reflect Carmen Thyssen’s taste as a collector, who since the 1990s has been acquiring outstanding works by Old Masters, American painting and 20th century avant-garde, but above all, 19th century Spanish painting from Andalusia and Catalonia.

Works by Joaquín Sorolla, Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Saura, Romero de Torres, Ramón Casas, Iturrino and others make up this exhibition, which will remain at the new sociocultural center until September 25.

Jose Luis Garcia Gomez and the artistic director of the project, Lorena Codes, are now working on the didactic program of the exhibition and on the parallel activities with which they hope to endow the exhibition hall.

The exhibition center can be visited free of charge by those registered in the city. The price of the tickets is 6 euros for general admission and 4 euros for reduced admission for non-registered residents. This facility is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00 to 14.00 hours and from 16.00 to 20.00 hours.

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