This exhibition will present around 200 works from the holdings of the Hispanic Society of America in New York. Founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955), a passionate collector and Hispanic art enthusiast, the Hispanic Society houses the most important collections of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American art to be found outside the Iberian Peninsula.
The selection of works in the exhibition includes some of the most celebrated objects from the Hispanic Society’s collections, including archaeological items, Islamic art and Spanish medieval art, works from the Spanish Golden Age, examples of Latin American colonial period and 19th-century art, and Spanish paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.
For several weeks, the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born in Quanzhou, China, 1957) will be transforming the Hall of Realms into his studio in order to create a group of works inspired by the memory of that historic space in a dialogue with the Old Masters. This artist’s residency will culminate with the creation of The Spirit of Painting, a monumental work measuring approximately 20 metres wide. In addition, the Museum’s Jerónimos Building will house a monographic exhibition of the artist’s other paintings created with ignited gunpowder.
The Museo del Prado is collaborating with the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago to present an exhibition on Master Mateo and his work for the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
For the first time, this selection of sculptures, normally housed in the Cathedral in Santiago and in various other institutions and collections, brings together works by this artist that were part of now lost groups or from parts of the cathedral that no longer exist, such as its medieval façade and the stone choir that occupied the nave.