Cáceres hosts the exhibition ‘El Prado en las Calles’

Cáceres hosts the exhibition ‘El Prado en las Calles’

  • The exhibition, promoted by the Fundación Iberdrola España, will travel to six locations in the region
  • It will bring 50 of the most relevant works from the Museum’s permanent collection to the Cáceres public through 1:1 scale photographic reproductions

The Fundación Iberdrola España has moved to Cáceres the exhibition “El Prado en las Calles”, which can be visited between August 26 and September 18 at Paseo Cánovas.

The Museo Nacional del Prado and Fundación Iberdrola España, with the collaboration of the Regional Government of Extremadura and the town’s City Council, have developed this project with the aim of raising awareness of the collections and historical heritage of the museo del Prado through various 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 that of standing in front of a real work of art. It will bring 50 of the most relevant works from the Museum’s permanent collection to the Cáceres public through 1:1 scale photographic reproductions located on Paseo Cánovas, one of the most emblematic areas of the town.

Miriam García Cabezas, General Secretary of Culture of the Regional Government of Extremadura; Andrés Úbeda, Deputy Director of Conservation and Research of the Museo Nacional del Prado; Luis Salaya Julián, Mayor of Cáceres; and Ramón Castresana, Director of 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 permanent collection of El Prado 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 has posters and bilingual information panels for each of the works that provide information about their history.

The reproductions are shown on a 1:1 scale. This means that given the large size of some of the paintings and the dimensions of the exhibition support some works, only outstanding details can be seen, which can be seen in their full context on the explanatory poster.

The exhibition ‘El Prado en las calles’ has been a great success in more than thirty locations, from different autonomous communities, where the exhibition has toured since its tour began in 2019. The format of the exhibition has allowed thousands of visitors to enjoy some of the wonders of the Prado, even during the COVID19 pandemic.

‘El Prado en las Calles’ is touring throughout this year six locations in Extremadura, in addition to Badajoz, Zafra, Don Benito, and Plasencia. Today it begins in Cáceres and its last destination is Trujillo.

Fundación Iberdrola España, Protector member of the Museo del Prado

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

It 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. It 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 España 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.