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The Prado celebrates 200 years

  • El Prado on the Streets. Palencia © Museo Nacional del Prado

    El Prado on the Streets. Palencia © Museo Nacional del Prado

  • Image of the galleries in the exhibition “Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance”. Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado.

    Image of the galleries in the exhibition “Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance”. Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado.

  • Los Jerónimos entrance, Prado Museum © Museo Nacional del Prado

    Los Jerónimos entrance, Prado Museum © Museo Nacional del Prado

  • Educational guided tour programme of the Prado Museum © Museo Nacional del Prado

    Educational guided tour programme of the Prado Museum © Museo Nacional del Prado

  • Velázquez entrance, Prado Museum © Museo Nacional del Prado

    Velázquez entrance, Prado Museum © Museo Nacional del Prado

  
  


"The Prado Museum celebrates its bicentenary in 2019 with a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and activities. ..."

The Prado Museum celebrates its bicentenary in 2019 with a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and activities. It is well-deserved – over its 200 years of existence the museum has become one of the world’s most important art galleries.

On 19 November 1819 the Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture first opened in Madrid, with 311 paintings from the Royal Collection, all by Spanish artists. Two centuries later, now known as the Prado Museum, its collection has multiplied many times over to include many iconic works of art, and its fame has crossed national frontiers, making it a worldwide point of reference.

These reasons are more than enough to celebrate the 200th birthday of the Prado Museum in 2019. Around a hundred activities have been scheduled, including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, film seasons, seminars, shows and concerts, open door days… A real treat for any art lover.

A year of temporary exhibitions

The history and evolution of the museum itself will be the focus of two bicentenary exhibitions: “Museo del Prado 1819-2019. A place of memory” and “Prado 200”. Artists of the stature of Velázquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Fra Angelico and Giacometti will also feature in some of the planned temporary exhibitions. The exhibitions “Giacometti in the Prado”, “Fra Angelico and the Rise of the Florentine Renaissance”, “Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer. Parallel Visions”, “Solo la voluntad me sobra. Drawings by Goya”, “A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana”, and “Their Majesties’ Retiring Room” are a few of the outstanding events in this commemorative season.

The performing arts also have a place in the celebrations, with contributions by Zarzuela Theatre, the National Classic Theatre Company, the Spanish National Orchestra and the National Dance Company, which will all present music, drama and dance throughout the bicentenary year. There will also be three film seasons and various educational programmes, including workshops, guided tours and lectures.

The Prado outside the museum

During this special anniversary, works from the museum will travel around Spain to museums in cities like Almería, Badajoz, Cadiz, Gijón, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, León, Mahón and Pontevedra with the travelling exhibition “On Tour through Spain”.  Also, a photographic exhibition, “El Prado on the Streets”, will create a travelling mini-Prado in different places, including Mérida, Jerez de la Frontera, Cartagena, Elche, Albacete, Zamora, Palencia and Eibar, with 50 full-scale images of the museum’s most iconic artworks in streets and public spaces.

Finally, the exhibition “Touching the Prado”, which makes several representative works in the collection accessible for visually impaired visitors, will come to the cities of A Coruña, Cáceres, Málaga, Alicante, Lleida and Zaragoza for the bicentenary.

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