The Espai Carmen Thyssen Gallery is an arts center devoted to temporary exhibitions which opened in the summer of 2012 with the exhibition Landscapes of light, landscapes of dreams. From Gauguin to Delvaux. The exhibitions of 2013 (Sisley-Kandinsky-Hopper), 2014 (The ideal in the landscape. Among Meifrén, Matisse and Goncharova), 2015 (Barcelona-Paris-New York. From Urgell to O’Keeffe), 2016 (The Fantastic Far West) and 2017 (An ideal world, from Van Gogh to Gauguin and Vasarely) had again a good acceptance from both public and critics. The Espai Carmen Thyssen Gallery has become an artistic point of reference in the Costa Brava, placing Sant Feliu in the apex of a cultural triangle, together with Girona and Figueres. The Espai Carmen Thyssen Gallery doesn't have a permanent fund and, so far, only presents temporary exhibitions of the Carmen Thyssen Collection from June to October.
The Espai Carmen Thyssen Gallery is located on the second and third floors of the Abbot's Palace at the Sant Feliu de Guíxol Monastery, originally founded by the Benedictine Order. The original architecture is Romanesque.
On reaching the second floor of the Palace you will find rooms 1,2 & 3 of the exhibition. This area provided the living quarters as well as administrative space for the monastic community. The Carmen Thyssen gallery continues with 5 more rooms (4-8) on the third floor of the Abbot's residence.
This level has the feeling of a stately home or manor house, and enjoys superb natural light. This floor was exclusively reserved for the Abbot (including his bedroom and study) with a large reception area for visting dignitaries, both ecclesiastical and political, with its own dining room and guests' quarters.
Espai Carmen Thyssen, a totally consolidated project, will tackle the seventh season with a new exhibition, in June 2018. The opening of the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Sant Feliu de Guíxols is planned for 2020, which will be added to its counterparts of Madrid, Malaga and Andorra.