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The Museo del Prado and Fundación AXA are presenting Fortuny (1838-1874)

The Museo del Prado and Fundación AXA are presenting Fortuny (1838-1874), the first retrospective exhibition at the Prado to be devoted to Mariano Fortuny, Spain’s most internationally celebrated 19th-century artist and a true innovator in all the fields of art that he practiced. The exhibition, on display in Rooms A and B of the Jerónimos Building, is both exceptional and unrepeatable, spanning all the different phases of this Catalan artist’s career as a painter, watercolourist, draughtsman and printmaker. In addition, for the first time it also focuses on Fortuny’s activities as a collector of antiques and antiquities, which undoubtedly had a direct influence on the textures, colour and light in his paintings. The Museum has assembled 169 works, around 30 from its own important holdings and the rest from European and American collections and museums and from private collections. Of these, 67 have never been exhibited outside the institution or collection that normally houses them and 12 are totally unknown to the public. In addition, the accompanying catalogue includes nearly 400 illustrations of works, 70 never previously reproduced. 


Revisiting Moneo’s Prado. Photographs by Joaquín Bérchez

The Museo del Prado is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest extension in the history of the Museum - designed by Rafael Moneo - with a commemorative publication that includes a text by Jorge Fernández-Santos illustrated with a photographic essay by Joaquín Bérchez, and a summary of the contribution made by the extension to the overall modernisation of the Museum initiated at that time. In addition, the Museum is presenting an exhibition of photographs by Joaquín Bérchez, a photographer, architectural historian and senior professor of art history at the Universidad de Valencia. To complete this celebration, the Prado is presenting ten, new 360-degree videos made with support from Samsung, a technological sponsor of the Prado. The videos show working areas in the extension that are not normally accessible to the public.


The Museo del Prado and ACCIONA are presenting the exhibition The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado

The Museo del Prado and ACCIONA are presenting the exhibition The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado, on display until 4 March 2018 in Room C of the Jerónimos Building. Cai Guo-Qiang is the first contemporary artist to create on-site at the Prado. This is his first solo exhibition solely focused on painting in over 30 years. This exhibition, which arises from Cai Guo-Qiang’s ongoing dialogue with El Greco and in which he establishes a relationship with the great masters represented in the Prado, comprises nearly 30 paintings made with gunpowder; eight of them ignited on-site at the Salón de Reinos. Also on view are an oil and an acrylic created at the start of his activities as a painter; and various sketches and drawings on matchboxes by his father, Cai Ruiqin, who steered him towards painting. Room D will be showing a 20-minute documentary by Isabel Coixet which introduces viewers to the artist’s creative process and the work that he has produced for this exhibition.  


Cai Guo-Qiang Begins Month-Long On-Site Creation at the Prado Museum for The Spirit of Painting

The concept of this exhibition, which opens to the public on 25 October, arises from the artist’s ongoing relationship with El Greco’s unique artistic figure and spirituality and proposes a dialogue with artists in the Museum’s collection: a dialogue in which Cai Guo-Qiang has been able to further his engagement with his predecessors, a list that includes Titian, El Greco, Velázquez, Rubens, and Goya, which will converge in time in a spiritual exploration of painting. In addition, Isabel Coixet, one of Spain’s most international filmmakers, will be directing a documentary produced by the Museo del Prado that introduces the viewer to the artist’s creative process and the production of the works for this exhibition.


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

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 Museo del Prado is producing a new documentary, on this occasion directed by Isabel Coixet, in conjunction with its next exhibition The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado

The exceptional nature of this exhibition, for which the creative phase will be completed by the artist himself during his time as artist in residence in the Hall of Realms, will be accompanied by the cinematic focus of filmmaker Isabel Coixet, winner of six Goya Awards and member of the Academy. The Spirit of Painting will show spectators the artist’s creative journey and the magnetic production process of his works. The documentary is being filmed in 4K in different locations in and around New York and Madrid.