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Tomás Llorens, 1936-2021


A key figure in the past four decades of Spain’s museum world, the art historian and critic Tomás Llorens Serra, born in Castellón province, died on 10 June, bequeathing to memory his efficient management of three of the country’s most important cultural institutions: he was the first director of the Valencian Institute of Modern Art (IVAM), held the reins of the Reina Sofía Museum in the years prior to its inauguration, and served as chief curator of the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection when the Baron brought it over to Madrid. Llorens also curated a number of memorable exhibitions in which he always staunchly defended an intellectual and integral focus and approach, on the margins of market interests.

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