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The Prado Museum and ”la Caixa” Foundation present The Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum, Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, first deputy prime minister in the Spanish Government, Antonio Massanell, vice-president of CaixaBank, and Elisa Durán, assistant general manager of ”la Caixa” Foundation, today inaugurate Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum, a major exhibition of small-format works organised by the Prado Museum and ”la Caixa” Foundation.

The Prado Museum and ”la Caixa” Foundation present The Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum,

Nude on the Beach at Portici, Mariano Fortuny Marsal, Oil on panel, 13 x 19 cm, Museo Nacional del Prado

The inauguration was also attended by María Llanos de Luna, Spanish government delegate in Catalonia, Secretary of State for Culture, José María Lassalle; Ferran Mascarell, Generalitat's Minister for Culture; Josep Vilarasau, Honorary President of "la Caixa"; José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum, Miguel Zugaza, director of the Prado National Museum, and Manuela Mena, chief curator of 18th Century painting and the exhibition curator.

In 2011, the Prado Museum and ”la Caixa” Foundation signed a cooperation agreement under which the financial institution became a benefactor of the art gallery. The agreement included the joint organisation of a series of exhibitions throughout Spain to enable audiences to enjoy part of the rich artistic heritage conserved at the Prado Museum, a venerable institution now approaching its bicentenary.

Since the agreement was signed, the Prado Museum and ”la Caixa” Foundation have jointly presented the exhibitions Goya. Light and Shade at CaixaForum Barcelona; Rubens, Brueghel, Lorrain. The Nordic Landscape at the Prado in the cities of Valencia, Saragossa, Seville and Palma; and Objects Speak, at CaixaForum Lleida and CaixaForum Girona, which will remain open to the public until July 20. Captive Beauty. Small Treasures at the Prado Museum represents another step in this cooperation, aimed at increasing knowledge of the Prado’s collections and sharing works from them outside the museum itself.

Besides cooperating in the joint organisation of exhibitions, ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Prado have also worked since 2009 on the programme “The Art of Educating”, which introduces young people to the pleasures of art. Last year, Isidro Fainé, president of ”la Caixa” Bank Foundation, and José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum, renewed the agreement, extending their joint educational work at the Prado to cover all school levels. Since "The Art of Education" was launched in 2009, more than 225,000 children of school age have benefited from the programme.

This ambitious agreement with the Prado Museum forms part of ”la Caixa” Foundation’s policy to establish strategic alliances with leading Institutions in the cultural field, including the aforementioned gallery, the Louvre Museum and MACBA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.

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