New Madrid museum set to unveil five centuries of Spain’s royal collections
MADRID (AP) – It’s not as if Madrid were short on world-ranking galleries with the likes of the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia, among others. But in June, Spain is set to unveil what is touted as one of Europe’s cultural highlights of the year with the opening in the Spanish capital of the Royal Collections Gallery (Museo de Colecciones Reales). The swanky new museum will feature paintings, tapestries, sculptures, decorative art pieces, armory and sumptuous royal furniture collected by Spanish monarchs during five centuries, spanning the empire’s Hapsburg and Bourbon dynasties. King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will inaugurate the gallery on June 28, after which it will be open to the public, free of charge for the first few days.