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Forty Years of Friendship. Donations from the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado

Museo Nacional del Prado. Madrid 9/14/2021 - 1/16/2022

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On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, the exhibition is an appreciation and a celebration of the Friends that have given their support to the Museum. It will gather, for the first time in one single display, the works that the Fundación has donated to the Prado thanks to their generosity. The exhibition aims also to be illustrative and to encourage new donations.

The exhibition will include all the works that have been donated by the Fundación or with its contribution, with the exception of the three series of contemporary art, of which we will show a selection given the high number of works that they comprise. It will also include works donated to American Friends of the Prado Museum, which are at the institution on long-term loan.

The works will be organized in four sections, reflecting the different ways in which the Fundación has contributed to enriching the Museum collections. The first one, with the Virgin of the Pomegranate by Fra Angelico at its core, will show the majority of the donated works and its closing piece will be The Victorious Hannibal seeing Italy from the Alps for the first Time by Goya, a gift of the Fundación to the Museum on the occasion of its fortieth anniversary. In the second section we will display a selection of twelve of the total of almost one hundred works by contemporary artists who have been invited over the years by the Fundación to establish a dialogue with the Prado collections, and which the Fundación has gifted to the Museum. The third section will show those works that have been donated by the Committee of Drawings and Prints, which was created within the Círculo Velázquez in order to make donations of this type of works to the Museo del Prado. The last section will gather the works linked to the more international side of the Fundación, either donated by the International Board or by the American Friends.

Curator:
Alberto Pancorbo
Museum Adviser: Javier Portús

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This exhibition acknowledges and pays tribute to the ten of thousands of Friends who have offered their support to the Museum. It does so by bringing together for the first time all the works donated by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado and those it has participated in acquiring over the course of its four decades of existence thanks to the generosity of its members. Since the Société des Amis du Louvre was founded in 1897 with the aim of “enriching the collections of the museum”, as stated in its statutes, the donation of works of art became a founding aim of the museum friends associations which, taking the French example as their model, began to proliferate first in Europe and soon after in the rest of the world.

The Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado was established in December 1980. Although its founding aims expressed in its statutes were broader in scope than those of the friends of the Louvre, namely “Supporting the cultural activities of the Museo del Prado, spreading knowledge of it and contributing as far as possible to the artistic holdings of its collection”, the Fundación immediately set to work to contribute to the Museum’s essential core: its collection. This endeavour has continued to the present day, as the four sections into which the works in the exhibition are divided reveal, illustrating the different ways in which the Fundación has contributed to enriching the Prado’s holdings, often through formulas that distinguish it from other donors.

From the future to the past

From the future to the past
Ruff I
Blanca Muñoz (1963-)
Etching and composition of steel rods
2007
Donated by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2007

In 1991 the Fundación invited twelve contemporary artists to create a collection of graphic work inspired by the Prado’s holdings. The decision to give living creators a presence in the Museum, which took the form of the first exhibition of 20th-century art ever to be held at the Prado, was almost unprecedented at that time both in Spain and abroad. In the words of Francisco Calvo Serraller, who promoted the project, the exhibition offered proof of “how the art of the old masters had stimulated the creation of their own work, through which the avant-garde continues the timeless mystery of art.” An interest in adopting a unified gaze on the history of art and of revealing the connections between artists of the past and present has characterised the Fundación since its outset, given that its first president, Enrique Lafuente Ferrari, defended the idea that the study of the art of the past was not incompatible with an interest in the art of the present and that knowledge of one could help in an understanding of the other. In pursuance of that spirit, in 2007 and 2018 the Fundación asked two new groups of contemporary creators to reflect on the Prado. These three initiatives have given rise to a group of 96 works by 36 artists of different generations and styles which have been donated to the Museum and of which a selection is displayed here.

The Prints and Drawings Committee

With the aim of stimulating donations and encouraging members of the Círculo Velázquez to become involved in enriching the Museum’s holdings, in 2018 the Fundación established the Prints and Drawings Committee. Its members are committed to making special contributions which allow for the donation of works of this type proposed by the corresponding department in the Prado. The Committee’s efforts began to see results in the first year of its existence with the donation to the Museum of a print by Goya and a drawn copy of it by Isidoro Brun. From the outset these works indicated the direction the Committee would take as all its donations have been related to the work of Goya. At the same time they were contributions that continued and renewed the long-standing connection between the Fundación and Goya, the artist most extensively represented in this exhibition. The first exhibition organised by the Fundación was in fact Goya in Madrid Collections, held in 1983 and curated by Enrique Lafuente Ferrari, its first president and a reputed specialist on the artist.

The International Trustees and American Friends of the Prado Museum

The International Trustees and American Friends of the Prado Museum
Visit of Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony to the Arch of Trajan in Benevento
Antonio Joli (1700-1777)
Oil on canvas
c. 1759
Donated by the Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2011

The most international facet of the Fundación has also played a prominent role in expanding and completing the collections of the Museum, firstly thanks to its International Trustees and secondly to American Friends of the Prado Museum. The generosity of a member of the former allowed for the donation of The Visit of Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony to the Arch of Trajan in Benevento by Antonio Joli, with which the Fundación marked its thirtieth anniversary. In 2018 the International Trustees set up the Viceroyalty Art Commission with the aim of encouraging the acquisition of South American art from that period. Two international patrons were also responsible for the creation in 2015 of American Friends, which has succeeded in attracting donations from individuals and entities in the United States with the corresponding tax benefits available in that country. Since then American Friends has received important donations from collectors living in the United States which are exhibited on deposit at the Museo del Prado.

Artworks

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San Agustín le cuenta su conversión a su madre, santa Mónica

José del Castillo (1737-1793)

Lápiz negro y clarión sobre papel verjurado azulado

h. 1780-88

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 1984

Vanitas
11

Vanitas

Eduardo Arroyo (1937-2018)

Aguatinta y aguafuerte

1991

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 1994

Sala principal
12

Sala principal

José Manuel Ballester (1960-)

Impresión digital

2018

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2019

Acróstico de cabras II
13

Acróstico de cabras II

Miquel Barceló (1957-)

Litografía, grabado en madera a la fibra y serigrafía

1991

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 1994

14

La mirada

Carmen Calvo (1950-)

Fotografía de un collage 

2006

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2007

15

Sin título

Alberto García-Alix (1956-)

Fotograbado sobre polímero a partir de negativo digitalizado 

2018

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2019

16

La Perla

Cristina García Rodero (1949-)

Fotografía en blanco y negro sobre papel baritado a las sales de plata virado al selenio 

2007

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2007

17

Agua para una infanta

Ramón Gaya (1910-2005)

Litografía iluminada con acuarela y gouache 

1990

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 1994

18

Vista del jardín de la Villa Médicis, en Roma, D.V. I

Cristina Iglesias (1956-)

Serigrafía, barniz blando y punta seca

2006

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2007

19

Endogamia 01

Cristina de Middel (1975-)

Impresión digital 

2018

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2019

Gorguera I
20

Gorguera I

Blanca Muñoz (1963-)

Aguafuerte y composición de varillas de acero 

2007

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2007

21

San Hermenegildo

Isabel Muñoz (1951-)

Fototipia en color

2018

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 2019

22

El perro de Goya

Antonio Saura (1930-1998)

Cromolitografía 

1990

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, 1994

23

Carta a Martín Zapater con dibujos de un corazón ardiente y dos pequeñas figuras

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

10 de noviembre de [1790]. Pluma y tinta ferrogálica sobre papel verjurado

Adquirida con fondos de la Fundación Botín, la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado (Círculo Velázquez, Comisión de Dibujos y Estampas) y el Museo Nacional del Prado, 2019

24

Dibujos preparatorios para las colecciones de estampas de los trajes de España y el mundo

Antonio Rodríguez (1734-dp. 1823)

Lápiz, pincel y aguada de tinta de hollín sobre papel verjurado

h. 1798-1804

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Círculo Velázquez, Comisión de Dibujos y Estampas, 2019

26

Baco fingido coronando a algunos borrachos

Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

Aguafuerte sobre papel verjurado

1778

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Círculo Velázquez, Comisión de Dibujos y Estampas, 2018

28

Colección de seis estampas de diversos pasos de las seguidillas boleras

Marcos Téllez Villar (act. 1790-94)

Talla dulce (aguafuerte y buril) sobre papel verjurado. Estampas iluminadas. Firmadas

1789

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Círculo Velázquez, Comisión de Dibujos y Estampas, 2019

29

Copias de los retratos de Pedro Roldán y Felipe Liaño por Francisco de Goya

Atribuidos a Ricardo Villodas (1846-1904)

Lápiz rojo sobre papel avitelado

Segunda mitad del siglo XIX

Donación de la Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Círculo Velázquez, Comisión de Dibujos y Estampas, 2021

Felipe III
33

Felipe III

Diego Velázquez (1599-1660)

Óleo sobre lienzo

h. 1627

Donación de American Friends of the Prado Museum en recuerdo de su mecenas William B. Jordan 

34

Cristo resucitado

Giulio Clovio (1498-1578) 

Aguada de pigmentos opacos sobre vitela. Firmado 

h. 1550

Donación de Pilar Conde Gutiérrez del Álamo a American Friends of the Prado Museum, 2019

35

Busto de mujer

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Óleo sobre lienzo. Firmado y fechado

1943

Donación de Aramont Art Collection a American Friends of the Prado Museum, 2021

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