The traveling exhibition “El Prado en las Calles” arrives in Extremadura

The traveling exhibition “El Prado en las Calles” arrives in Extremadura

  • The exhibition will tour the two provinces of the region to promote the knowledge and cultural identity of the country’s historical heritage.
  • The agreement signed this morning at the event will allow Extremadura’s inhabitants to approach the most significant works of the Permanent Collection of the Prado Museum.

Extremadura will host the exhibition ‘The Prado Museum in the streets’, organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado and Fundación Iberdrola España, with the collaboration of Extremadura. The exhibition will tour the two provinces of the region to publicize the collections and historical heritage of the Prado Museum through various educational programs and cultural outreach activities.

The agreement, was signed this morning in a ceremony presided over by the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Nuria Flores, the president of the Iberdrola Spain Foundation, Fernando García, and the Iberdrola delegate in Extremadura, David Martín Arevalillo, will bring 50 of the most important works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection to the people of Extremadura through life-size photographic reproductions.

The exhibition recreates the experience of visiting the museum by contemplating the paintings in their real dimensions, living an experience like that of standing in front of a real work of art.

This great open-air exhibition will be curated by Ana Moreno Rebordinos, General Education Coordinator of the Prado Museum, and will allow visitors to take a tour of the different schools that make up the artistic panorama of the Prado’s permanent collection and learn about the history of Spain, Europe, and Western art in general from 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, which will start next April and end in October 2022, will visit the towns of Badajoz, Zafra, Don Benito, Plasencia, Trujillo, and Cáceres. It also has bilingual posters and information panels for each of the works that provide information about the history of the Museum and its collections.

The reproductions are shown on a 1:1 scale, so that, due to the dimensions of the exhibition supports, only a magnificent detail of the work can be shown in some of the large paintings, which can be seen in full on the explanatory poster.

After the great success of the exhibition during the celebration of the Museum’s Bicentennial, El prado en las calles began its journey through the lands of Castilla-La Mancha in 2020, visiting eight cities to continue its tour of nine cities in Castilla y León, each one of them reaping a great success in terms of visitor attendance.

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 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.