Don Benito hosts the exhibition ‘El Museo del Prado en las Calles’

Don Benito hosts the exhibition ‘El Museo del Prado en las Calles’

  • The exhibition, promoted by the Iberdrola Spain Foundation, will travel to six towns in the region
  • It will bring 50 of the most relevant works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection to the public of Don Benito through life-size photographic reproductions

The Iberdrola Spain Foundation has moved to Don Benito the exhibition “El Prado en las Calles”, which can be visited between June 24 and July 17 on the Avenida del Pilar Boulevard.

The Museo Nacional del Prado and Fundación Iberdrola España, with the collaboration of the Junta de Extremadura and the town’s City Council, have developed this project to raise awareness of the collections and historical heritage attached to the Prado Museum through various educational programs and cultural outreach activities.

The exhibition virtually recreates the experience of visiting the museum by allowing visitors to contemplate the paintings in their real dimensions, living an experience like standing in front of a real work of art. It will bring 50 of the most relevant pieces of the Museum’s Permanent Collection to the public of Don Benito through life-size photographic reproductions located in the Avenida del Pilar Boulevard, one of the most emblematic areas of the town.

Cristina Reyes, Director of the Fundación Extremeña de la Cultura; Nuria Flores, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports; Jose Luis Quintana, Mayor of Don Benito; Ana Moreno, General Education Coordinator of the Prado Museum; and Ramón Castresana, Director of the Fundación Iberdrola España, attended the first day of the exhibition this morning.

A journey through the history of Western art

This exhibition will allow visitors to tour the different schools that make up the Prado’s permanent collection and learn about the history of Spain, Europe, and Western art through the great masters of painting. The Spanish, Italian, Flemish, French, German, and Dutch schools will be present through their protagonists from the twelfth century to the early twentieth century.

The exhibition also provides posters and bilingual information panels for each of the works to accompany the information about the history of the Museum and its collections.

The reproductions are shown on a 1:1 scale, for this reason, due to the dimensions of the exhibition supports, some of the large paintings can only be seen partially but will be shown fully on the explanatory poster.

The exhibition ‘El Prado en las Calles’ has been a great success on the tour it made last February 21 by Castilla y León. In practically one year, thousands of visitors have been able to enjoy some of the wonders of the Prado, reinforcing culture through daily visits and always respecting the anti-COVID19 safety regulations in force.

‘El Prado en las Calles’ will travel throughout this year to six locations in Extremadura on addition to Badajoz, Zafra, and Don Benito, the exhibition will visit Plasencia, Trujillo, and Cáceres.

Fundación Iberdrola España, Protector member of the Prado Museum

Fundación Iberdrola España develops one of its main lines of activity around the care and maintenance of our country’s cultural and artistic riches.

The Foundation has been collaborating with the Museo del Prado since 2010 by supporting the conservation and restoration programs of the art gallery, as well as in the development of 4 annual scholarships for young restorers. The Foundation also wished to join the Extraordinary Program for the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the Museo del Prado and, specifically, the deployment of this traveling exhibition in Spain.

Since 2011, Fundación Iberdrola has allocated a total of 13 million euros to the area of Art and Culture, which focuses its resources mainly on the Restorations Program, which supports the restoration workshops of leading museums for the conservation of their pictorial and artistic heritage; and the Illuminations Program, which includes the design, execution, and financing of artistic lighting projects in unique buildings and monuments.