“The Museo Nacional del Prado in Cartagena”
Cartagena hosts an outdoor exhibition of photographs of works of art from the Prado Museum’s collection.
The Museo Nacional del Prado celebrates its Bicentenary with an opportunity to reiterate and emphasise the nationwide scope of the institution through projects like “El Prado en las calles”.
Sponsored by the Fundación Iberdrola España, it is an educational exhibition consisting of fifty life-sized photographs of the most emblematic paintings at the Prado which is open to the public until 1 September in Plaza Héroes de Cavite.
This project will continue its journey, visiting Palencia, Jerez de la Frontera, Zamora, Albacete and Mérida.
Madrid, 5 August 2019
This project, entitled “El Museo del Prado en las calles” or “The Prado Museum in the streets”, sponsored by the Fundación Iberdrola España, aims to drive greater knowledge, dissemination and communication of the cultural identity of the Museum’s historic and cultural heritage, encouraging the development of educational programmes and cultural dissemination activities in the framework of the programme commemorating the Bicentenary of the institution. It is a virtual way to experience a visit to the Museum to be able to see the paintings in real size, experiencing something similar to standing in front of a real work of art.
Until 1 September, the exhibition, which was officially opened this morning by Noelia Arroyo, Vice mayor of Cartagena; Andrés Úbeda de los Cobos, Assistant Director of Conservation and Research at the Museo del Prado; Fernando García, President of the Fundación Iberdrola España; and Fernando Pérez Seuscun, Curator of the exhibition, will be an opportunity for the people of Cartagena to see 50 of the most important works of art from the Madrid collection through life-size photographs – which fit the size of the exhibition panels (184 x 122 cm.), installed in Plaza Héroes de Cavite, a busy area between the port and the city’s plaza del Ayuntamiento.
This magnificent outdoor exhibition, curated by Fernando Pérez Suescun, Head of Educational Content at the Museo del Prado, will enable the visiting public to learn about the different schools that make up the artistic panorama of the permanent collection of the Prado and to learn the history of Spain, Europe and Western art in general from the world’s greatest painters. The Spanish, Italian, Flemish, French, German and Dutch schools are present through their protagonists from the 12th century to the early 20th century.
The exhibition also has bilingual information posters on each of the works and panels, also bilingual, which provide information about the history of the Museum and its collections.
The photographs are shown at a scale of 1:1, which is why, according to the dimensions of the
exhibition panels, some of the pictures only offer a magnificent, grandiose detail of the works, which can be seen in their entirety in the explanatory poster.
A further extension of the information and educational work of the Prado
This project is a new way of approaching the collections of the Prado that can be completed by visiting the contents of the website Museum www.museodelprado.es, with more than 16,000 high quality images and explanations of the work
In the collection, explanatory videos about the works, exhibitions and restorations,
numerous interactive educational resources, access to the Digital Archive and the online encyclopaedia. This digital offer also includes the iTunesU and MiríadaX educational platforms; with active accounts on the main Social networks like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Youtube; as well as the development of innovative apps like Second Canvas Museo del Prado.
Fundación Iberdrola España, Protector member of the Museo del Prado
Fundación Iberdrola España has been collaborating with the Museo del Prado since 2010 by supporting the conservation and restoration programmes developed by the art gallery, and four annual scholarships for young restorers.
This year, Fundación Iberdrola also wanted to be part of the Extraordinary Programme to commemorate the Bicentenary and, specifically, in the support of this travelling exhibition, to which it has contributed almost 200,000 euros.
One of the main areas of activity of Fundación Iberdrola España is cultural development, caring for and maintaining cultural and artistic wealth.