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3/31/2017

Treasures of the Hispanic Society of America

Beginning April 4, the Museo del Prado, with the exclusive support of  Fundación BBVA, offers to the public the exceptional opportunity of enjoying more than two hundred works of art from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library founded to promote the art and culture of the Hispanic world in The United States.The Hispanic Society holds the most important collection of Hispanic art outside of our borders. With more than 18,000 works of art that spans from the Paleolithic Age to the 20th century, an extraordinary research library with more than 250,000 manuscripts and 35,000 rare books, which includes 250 incunables. There is no other institution in the world, even in Spain, that alone can offer such a complete vision of our history, art and culture.Archaeological artifacts, Roman sculpture, ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, silverworks, medieval and Islamic works of art, masterworks from the Golden Age, colonial and 19th century Latin American art and Spanish painting from the 19th and 20th centuries are arranged chronologically and thematically. Their Spanish paintings, including The Duchess of Alba by Goya or Gaspar de Guzmán, Conde-Duque de Olivares by Velázquez, are in conversation with those of the Museo del Prado.

3/13/2017

ACCIONA sponsors a project by the contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang, at the Museo del Prado

This sponsorship falls within the framework of the support that ACCIONA provides for the most innovative projects at the Museo del Prado. In effect, the museum has opened its facilities to living artists such as Miguel Barceló, Thomas Struth, Cy Twombly and Richard Hamilton, amongst others. The guest on this occasion is the multi-disciplinary and internationally-renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang (Quanzhou, China, 1957), whose initial training as a painter began with his fervent admiration for El Greco, which led him to undertake a journey in his honour in the year 2009, starting in Crete and ending in Toledo. This initial vocation to be a painter has always remained. Employing gunpowder as the medium, and a performance-based form of creation, he innovatedgunpowder painting on canvas and handmade paper. After settling in New York in 1995, where he currently works and resides, his painting practice has developed in parallel with various large installations, explosion events and fireworks, including the fireworks for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games (2008), and the explosion event Sky Ladderwhich was realized at Huiyu Island, in his hometown Quanzhou, China, and dedicated to his 100-year grandmother and hometown folks (2015). Cai Guo-Qiangwill create several new workson site at the Salón de Reinos Building this upcoming September. The works will be inspired by recollections of the former Palace of El Buen Retiro and by a particular relationship with the great master paintingsin the collection of the Museo del Prado. This “residency” will culminate on October 23 2017 with the live creation of a work of  monumental scale entitled "The Spirit of Painting." All the paintings will be exhibitedatthe Prado Museum until March 2018.

12/14/2016

The Museo del Prado is presenting an unpublished work by Velázquez donated to American Friends by William B. Jordan

Portrait of Philip III, a painting recently attributed to Velázquez, has been donated to the non-profit organisation American Friends of the Prado Museum by William B. Jordan, a leading specialist in Spanish painting. With this donation American Friends of the Prado Museum is embarking on a direction determined by its mission to support the Museum and work closely with it, and the reception of this masterpiece represents a major event in its first year of existence. With the intention of reinforcing cultural ties between the United States and Spain through the Museo del Prado and its historic holdings, American Friends is now placing this magnificent work on deposit with the Prado for its display in the context of the permanent collection, contributing to a more complete and detailed understanding of Velázquez’s initial period as a royal portraitist.

11/30/2016

Miguel Zugaza announces his decision to reassume the directorship of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum next year

This morning, Miguel Zugaza informed the Permanent Committee of the Royal Board of Trustees of his decision to conclude his term next year as director of the Museo del Prado after fifteen years in the position. He also announced his intention to reassume the post of director of the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum on the retirement of its present director.

11/28/2016

The Museo del Prado presents a monographic exhibition of works by Master Mateo for the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Organised by: the Museo del Prado, the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago, with the collaboration of the Xunta de Galicia, the Xacobeo, the Consorcio de Santiago and the Provincial Council of La Coruña. On display in Rooms 51 and 51B in the Museo del Prado’s Villanueva Building is an exhibition on Master Mateo and his work for the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, co-organised with the Real Academia Gallega de Bellas Artes, and the Fundación Catedral de Santiago.The exhibition brings together an exceptional group of fourteen works that were removed in the past from their original location (the west façade and choir) and are now housed in the cathedral museum and in different institutions and private collections. Notable among them are the recently restored sculptures of David and Solomon, and a Statue-column of a male figure holding a cartouche that was found last October inside the cathedral’s south tower, a discovery that represents an enormous advance in our knowledge of Master Mateo’s activities in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.The exhibition also offers visitors the chance to access material that provides a context for the works on display through the tablets made available thanks to sponsorship by Samsung as a technological collaborator of the Museum.

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