Nieto Sobejano in Girona

Contemporary Cloister


The franchise model has reached museums, and with energy, at least for the Carmen Thyssen Collection, whose homes in Madrid, Barcelona, and Málaga will soon be joined by a fourth one in Girona, thanks to a competition where the Madrid firm Nieto Sobejano – with Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano at the helm – has triumphed.

The 4,000-square-meter museum will showcase 19th- and 20th-century Catalan painting in a monastery of the city, which will be duly restored and enlarged for the purpose. Aside from ensuring that the artworks are properly displayed, the project will establish a rapport between the architecture and the surrounding landscape through a garden over the collection. A garden which will reinterpret the cloistral layout that is typically found in convents, but which this particular monastery never came to have.

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