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The Museo del Prado is presenting the documentary The Spirit of Painting, directed by Isabel Coixet

The Museo del Prado is presenting a documentary produced by Miss Wasabi Films for the Prado with sponsorship from Samsung The Frame and the participation of Movistar+. The film takes viewers on a journey through the artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s fascinating process of creating and producing his work for the exhibition The Spirit of Painting. Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado, which is on display at the Museum until 4 March. The film, which documents the artist’s relationship with the spirit and spirituality of El Greco and his dialogue with the great masters in the Prado, will be first shown on Movistar Xtra on Monday 29 January at 10am and will be out on DVD in February.


The Museo del Prado and Telefónica are collaborating to make the archive that documents the Museum’s nearly 200 years of history available on its website

Thanks to the support of Telefónica as a Benefactor Sponsor of the Visitor Services and other Users improvement programme, the Museo del Prado is now the first Spanish museum and one of the few in the world to make its historical archive available online. By doing so it is leading the way in free access to information by making it possible to consult both its collection of works of art and the contents of its archive online. This initiative offers nearly 12,000 digitalised documents, including: the Museum’s ground plan and elevation; the list of the paintings on display in the Sala Francesa in 1887; the appointment of Pablo Picasso as the Prado’s director in 1936; and the personal archives of the Madrazo family, of Valentín Carderera, one of the leading figures in the Spanish 19th-century art world, and of Salvador Viniegra, deputy director of the Museum between 1890 and 1898.


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.