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Prior to the official opening in October the new Prado extension will open at weekends until 1 July Friday, April 27, 2007

Prior to the official opening in October the new Prado extension will open at weekends until 1 July.

Prior to the official opening in October the new Prado extension will open at weekends until 1 July

Rodrigo Uría, President of the Museum’s Royal Board of Trustees, Antonio Hidalgo, Sub-secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Miguel Zugaza, Director of the Museo del Prado, and the presidents of Dragados Obras y Proyectos and Constructora San José, Marcelino Fernández and Jacinto Rey, today signed a collaborative agreement covering the sponsorship of these Open Doors days in which the public will be able to visit the Museum’s new galleries and other spaces in the extension. During the tour, and with the intention of enabling visitors to appreciate the various functions and architectural merits of the project, final-year Architecture students chosen by the Fundación del Colegio Oficial de Arquitectura of Madrid (Fundación COAM) will explain the new extension.



In addition, and with the aim of involving the visiting public - the intended user and beneficiary of this historic architectural project - visitors to the new spaces will be able to see a special installation of images by the German photographer Thomas Struth, displayed in the new temporary exhibition galleries. Struth’s photographs comprise his last series in which he focused on the relationship between the public and works of art. The images were taken in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, the Galleria dell’Accademia, Florence, and the Museo del Prado itself. The photographs taken in the Museo del Prado reflect visitors’ experiences in front of Las Meninas and other works by Velázquez.





This group of works complements another display of 11 photographs which was installed among works from the Museum’s permanent collection on 6 February this year, entitled Making Time. It will be extended until 6 May with the aim of overlapping with the new display of 19 images to be shown by themselves in the new spaces of the extension.





The Open Doors days will take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 8pm, from 28 April to 1 July, and also on 2 and 15 May (local holidays in the region of Madrid) and on 30 April in order to offer residents of this area the chance to visit over a holiday period. The route is organised as follows: Sala de las Musas, vestibule, auditorium, temporary exhibition rooms, cloister, Cristina Iglesias’s entrance doors, exterior of the Jerónimos building and the parterre. Free entry via the “Puerta de los Jerónimos” (the north doorway of the new extension, pedestrian area c/Felipe IV, next to the Lower Goya Entrance of the Villanueva building).
As the Minister of Culture, Carmen Calvo, announced on 31 March, the official inauguration of the extension will take place around the end of October. In the meantime, the Museum will be fitting out and organising the new spaces for their intended functions. From October, the extension will be officially open to the public.




Download the video of the extension on mobile phones




For the first time, the Museum has reached an agreement with Telefónica Móviles through which all users of this provider can download a video of the extension, free of charge, by sending a text message with the word prado to 404or by accessing the emoción content channel following the route: movistar-emoción.-diversión-tiempolibre-Museo del Prado.