EL PRADO ANNOUNCES UPCOMING EXHIBITION PROGRAMME IN CELEBRATION OF ITS 200TH ANNIVERSARY
El Museo del Prado (The Prado Museum) in Madrid has announced its upcoming 2019 programme featuring a host of exhibitions that celebrate its 200th anniversary. There will be a special programme of over 100 activities and a number of commemorative exhibitions such as “Museo del Prado 1819-2019. Un lugar de memoria" (A place of memory), “Prado 200” and “Efímera”.
The Prado first opened its doors on 29th November 1819 and was originally founded as a Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture before being officially named ‘Museo del Prado’. The building it calls home was designed by world-famous Spanish architect Juan de Villanueva, forming part of the museum’s rich cultural heritage.
Now 200 years on the Prado will run a number of programmes such as “De Gira por España” (On tour in Spain), “El Prado por las calles” (The Prado in the streets) and “Hoy toca el Prado” (Today it’s the Prado). These programmes will visit over 30 cities across Spain and aim to display the Prado’s greatest works featuring artists such as Velázquez and Rembrandt, Goya, Fra Angelico as well as Sofonisba Anguisola and Lavinia Fontana – two of the most influential women in the history of western art. These programmes hope to inspire and educate the public about Spain’s rich cultural heritage as well as demonstrating the history of the Prado.
To launch this initiative the Minister of Culture and Sport, José Guirao, said “the bicentenary gives us an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the past and present of the institution.”
José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, the President of the Board of Trustees of the Prado Museum, added “more than 100 activities over a wide geographical scope gives me reason to say that this is a bicentenary open for everyone, which could not have been any other way considering it [The Prado] was the first Spanish cultural institution.”
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