Zafra, the next stop for the traveling exhibition ‘El Museo del Prado en las Calles’

Zafra, the next stop for the traveling exhibition ‘El Museo del Prado en las Calles’

  • The exhibition, promoted by Fundación Iberdrola España, will travel to six towns in the region. 
  • It will bring 50 of the most important pieces from the Museum’s Permanent Collection to the people of Zafra through life-size photographic reproductions.

Fundación Iberdrola España has brought to Zafra the exhibition “El Prado en las Calles”, which will be open to the public between May 27 and June 19 at the Parque de la Paz.

The Museo Nacional del Prado and Fundación Iberdrola España, with the collaboration of the Regional Government of Extremadura and the Town Council of the town, have developed this project to raise awareness of the collections and historical heritage of 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 that of standing in front of a real work of art. It will bring 50 of the most relevant pieces from the Museum’s Permanent Collection to the public of Zafrena through life-size photographic reproductions located in the Parque de la Paz, one of the most emblematic areas of the town.

Cristina Reyes, director of the Fundación Extremeña de la Cultura; Jose Carlos Contreras, mayor of Zafra; 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 has posters and bilingual 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 scale of 1:1 as, due to the dimensions of the exhibition supports, some of the large paintings can only be seen partially but can still be seen fully on the explanatory poster.

The exhibition ‘The Prado in the streets’ 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 enjoyed 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, in addition to Badajoz and Zafra, it will visit Don Benito, 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 developing 4 annual scholarships for young restorers. Fundación Iberdrola España 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 Art and Culture area, 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.