At the Museum we are working to go beyond our current remit as an institution dedicated to traditional decorative and industrial arts and to extend our chronological coverage to 20th- and 21st-century production.
Since the Spanish government's acquisition of the Torsten Bröhan design and glass collections, the Museum's collection of Spanish and international design has grown steadily. For various reasons, including the current needs of the Museum building, the design collections are not included in the permanent exhibition and have only been partially displayed in recent years.
In 2015, as part of the Plan of Action for the Renovation of the Museum of Decorative Arts, we began the process of rearranging our collections. This has freed up spaces used for storage and returned them to use as exhibition spaces.
The provision by the Ministry of Culture of an external storage facility for cultural assets made it possible to plan the transfer of the collections to these new spaces, guaranteeing an optimal environment for their conservation.
Thanks to a collaboration agreement between the Ministry and the collectors Adolfo Autric and Rosario Tamayo, the transfer of the pieces took place in January 2016, allowing the recovery of a total of 150 m2 on the first floor of the museum and 235.76 m2 on the fourth floor.
Since June 2016, the galleries on the first floor have been integrated into the temporary exhibition space. These will be refurbished so that they can, in the near future, house the permanent exhibition dedicated to Design from the 20th to the 21st centuries.