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The exhibition Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America closed yesterday with a total of 485.178 visitors Monday, September 11, 2017

The exhibition Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America, presented with the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA, closed at the Museo del Prado yesterday with a total of 485.178 visitors. Thanks to the generosity of the Hispanic Society, the loan of the portraits of Federico and Pedro de Madrazo, which were included in the exhibition, will be extended for four months. They will now be temporarily displayed alongside the Museum’s permanent collection in Room 62B with the aim of marking the recent bicentenary of the birth of Pedro de Madrazo, the first director of the Museo de Arte Moderno, an institution that would be incorporated years later into the Museo del Prado, and the author of its first scholarly catalogue.

The exhibition Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America closed yesterday with a total of 485.178 visitors

Visitors in the exhibition “Treasures of the Hispanic Society of America”. © Museo Nacional del Prado.

Yesterday, 10 September, saw the closure of Treasures from the Hispanic Society of America. The exhibition, presented with the sole sponsorship of Fundación BBVA, saw a final total of 485.178visitors who had the exceptional opportunity to enjoy more than 200 works loaned from this New York-based institution founded to promote the dissemination and study of Hispanic culture in the United States of America.

Archaeological items, Roman sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, metalwork, Islamic and medieval art, works from the Spanish Golden Age, colonial and 19th-century Latin American art and 19th- and 20th-century Spanish painting were presented in a chronological and thematic display. Within it, Spanish painting, including works of the stature of Goya’s The Duchess of Alba and The Count-Duke of Olivares by Velázquez, established a fascinating dialogue with the Prado’s own collections. This dialogue will continue in a particularly special way between 26 September and 21 January with the display of the portraits of Federico and Pedro de Madrazo in Room 62B of the Villanueva Building.

Forthcoming exhibitions

The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang in the Prado

On 25 October Cai Guo-Qiang (born Quanzhou, Fujian province, China, 1957), the first living artist to create new work for display at the Prado as the Museum approaches its bicentenary, will be presenting The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang in the Prado. The exhibition is curated by Alejandro Vergara and sponsored by ACCIONA.

Cai Guo-Qiang will transform the Hall of Realms into his studio where he will produce a group of works based on the memory of this royal space and in a dialogue with the old masters in the Prado. This artist’s residency, which will take place during the two weeks prior to the exhibition’s inauguration, will culminate with the live creation of the final part of the work The Spirit of Painting, a monumental painting measuring approximately 18 metres wide.

Both this work and the others that will be created with ignited gunpowder during the artist’s residency in the Hall of Realms will be the subject of this monographic exhibition to be held in the Prado’s Jerónimos Building. This exhibition will offer visitors an insight into the particular dialogue that Cai Guo-Qiang established as a young artist with the spirit of El Greco and which has remained present throughout his career, through a selection of works that in addition to the above-mentioned ones will also include some of Cai’s early paintings. The latter relate to the journey that he undertook in 2009 in the footsteps of El Greco from the artist’s native city of Candia on Crete to Venice, Madrid and his final period in Toledo, with a new triptych inspired by that great master.

The exceptional nature of this exhibition will be accompanied by the gaze of film director Isabel Coixet, winner of six Goya awards and a member of the Hollywood Academy. She is directing a documentary produced by the Museo del Prado which takes the viewer through Cai’s creative process in the production of his exhibition.

Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874)

Sponsored by Fundación AXA and on display in Rooms A and B of the Jerónimos Building, Mariano Fortuny (1838-1874) is devoted to a 19th-century Spanish artist who has enjoyed one of the most sustained reputations and exerted the most international influence since his own time, standing out as one of the essential figures of Spanish art of all periods. This will be a unique and unrepeatable exhibition given that it encompasses all the different periods within Fortuny’s output as a painter, watercolourist, draughtsman and printmaker, particularly emphasising the influence on his own art of the great masters whom he studied in the Prado. It will also include a special section on his atelier, where Fortuny housed an exquisite collection of archaeological items and antiques.

In addition to works from the Prado’s own collection, including The Painter’s Children in the Japanese Room, visitors will have the opportunity to see rarely loaned paintings such as The Spanish Wedding (MNAC) and The Choice of a Model (National Gallery of Art, Washington).