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The Prado Museum in the streets

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Client: Museo del Prado

Services: Scenography, Technical Development, Production , Logistics and Installation

Category: Cultural Production

If there is one thing that stands out about Madrid, it is its cultural offer.

The capital is the nerve centre of activities where art from all periods and different styles is the focus of attention. Theatres, galleries, museums and hundreds of buildings open their doors, day after day, to attract the gaze of those most curious about past, present and future times.

The Prado in the Streets

On its bicentenary in 2015, the “Museo del Prado” carried out an initiative to connect society and art: El Prado en las calles.

The original idea for the project arose in 2011 thanks to the collaboration between the Museum and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and had its first edition in the Dominican Republic. Since then, it has already travelled to more than 13 countries and various cities on Spain: Elche, Eibar, Albacete, Jerez, Mérida, Palencia, Zamora, Toledo, León…

In keeping with the educational and pedagogical work that characterises the Prado Museum, the aim of this initiative was to bring some of the most important works in the history of art closer to society, and to allow culture to be experienced by all, especially by those who cannot travel to the Museum. To this end, it was decided to reproduce the works photographically on a scale of 1:1 and thus observe every detail with the meticulousness and proximity. Something you don’t always have the chance to do…

This proposal allows visitors to take a chronological tour of some of the most important works housed in the art gallery, as well as learning about the history of Europe and Western art from a different perspective thanks to the brushes of great masters.

The exhibition consists of a meticulous selection of 50 of the most emblematic works that make up the museum’s Permanent Collection. In it, different schools of painting (including Spanish, Italian, Flemish, German and Dutch) from the 12th to the beginning of the 20th centuries are the protagonists

What works can be seen at “El Prado en las Calles”?

Among these representations, there are paintings by some of the most renowned Spanish and European artists:

  • The Trinity, by El Greco
  • The Immaculate Conception, by Murillo
  • The Naked Maja, by Goya
  • Sorolla’s Boys on the Beach
  • Las Meninas, by Velázquez
  • The Three Graces, by Rubens
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Bosch
  • The Family of Charles IV, by Goya
  • Sir Endymion Porter and Anton van Dyck, by van Dyck
  • The Story of Nastagio degli Onesti, by Botticelli
  • David vanquishing Goliath, by Caravaggio
  • The Bacchanal of the Andrians, by Titian
  • Artemis or Judith at the Banquet of Holofernes, by Rembrandt

And some other names such as San Baudelio de Berlanga, Bartolomé Bermejo, Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina, Juan Sánchez Cotán, José de Ribera, Francisco de Zurbarán, Federico de Madrazo, Eduardo Rosales, Mariano Fortuny; Robert Campin, Roger van der Weyden, Joachim Patinir, Antonio Moro, Pieter Bruegel “The Elder”, Jacob Jordaens, David Teniers; Fra Angelico, Andrea Mantegna, Antonello da Messina, Raphael, Correggio, Tonteretto, Veronese, Orazio Gentileschi, Giambattista Tiepolo; Nicolas Poussin or Albrecht Dürer.

Proasur’s project scope in “El Prado in the Streets”

Proasur has been in charge of the logistics as well as the assembly and disassembly of this travelling exhibition.

The Prado Museum

Forming the Paseo del Arte (so called because of the proximity of the different buildings) is one of the most important art galleries in Madrid, if not the most important: the Prado Museum.

The building was designed by Juan de Villanueva in 1785 on the orders of Charles III, and at that time it was the Natural Sciences Cabinet. But it was not until the reign of his grandson, Ferdinand VII, who, encouraged by Queen Maria Isabel de Braganza, decided to convert the building into the Royal Museum of Paintings and Sculptures.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, the art gallery grew considerably and, with it, the number of visitors, which meant that successive extensions had to be carried out until every possible intervention was exhausted.

Its work of conservation, exhibition and enrichment of the collections and works of art linked to the history of Spain has made it one of the most popular places in the art world: to date it has more than 2,300 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and decorative pieces in its collections, and receives 3 million visitors a year.

It is undoubtedly one of the highest manifestations of artistic expression, and is located just a few kilometres from our home.

Proasur took care of the logistics as well as the assembly and disassembly of El Prado en las calles exhibition, organised by the Prado Museum.

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