Benavente, last stop of the traveling exhibition ‘El Museo del Prado en las Calles’
- The exhibition, promoted by the Fundación Iberdrola España and the Museo Nacional del Prado, ends its exhibition cycle after touring the nine provinces of the region to promote knowledge and cultural identity of the country’s historical heritage.
- It will bring 50 of the most important works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection to the people of Benavente through life-size photographic reproductions.
Benavente becomes the last stop of the exhibition ‘El Prado en las calles’, promoted by the Fundación Iberdrola España and the Museo Nacional del Prado, with the collaboration of the Junta de Castilla y León and the City Council of the city. This traveling exhibition, which began in Salamanca and has visited Valladolid, León, Aguilar de Campoo, Burgos, Soria, Segovia, and Ávila, seeks to raise awareness of the collections and historical heritage of the Museo Nacional del Prado through different educational programs and cultural outreach activities.
The exhibition resembles a visit to the museum by showcasing the paintings in their full dimensions, which creates a similar experience to standing before a real art piece. It can be visited between January 21st and February 21st in the Paseo de la Mota, one of the most emblematic areas of the city. The exhibit will bring 50 of the most relevant works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection to Benavente’s citizens through life-size photographic reproductions.
Luciano Huerga, mayor of Benavente; Fernando García, president of the Fundación Iberdrola España; Saturnina Arredondo, Technical Secretary of the Territorial Service of Culture in Zamora and Ana Moreno, general coordinator of Education of the Museo del Prado visited this morning the traveling exhibition, that is ending its exhibition cycle after touring the nine provinces of the region.
A journey through the history of Western art
This great outdoor exhibition, curated by Fernando Pérez Suescun, head of Educational Content of the Museo del Prado, will allow visitors to take a tour of the different schools that make up the artistic panorama of the permanent collection of the Prado and learn about the history of Spain, Europe, and Western art in general by the hand of 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 pieces 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 stands, some of the larger paintings will be only shown in great detail through the explanatory posters.
After the great success of the exhibition during the celebration of the Museum’s Bicentennial, “El Prado en las calles” toured the geography of Castilla-La Mancha until April 26th. In almost two years, thousands of visitors have been able to admire some of the wonders that the Museum treasures in faithful reproductions, reinforcing culture through daily visits and always respecting current anti-COVID19 safety standards.
“El Prado en las calles” began its journey through Castilla y León, specifically in Salamanca on April 30th, and for over ten months, it has visited other cities in Castilla y León such as Valladolid, León, Aguilar de Campoo, Burgos, Soria, Segovia, Ávila and Benavente, its last stop, where the exhibition can be enjoyed since today.
Fundación Iberdrola España, Supporting Member of the Museo del Prado
Fundación Iberdrola España develops one of its main lines of business around the care and upkeep of our country’s cultural and artistic riches.
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 promoted the Programa Extraordinario for the Museo del Prado’s Bicentennial commemoration, more specifically to the deployment of this traveling exhibition in Spain, which continues to be a great success.
Since 2011, Fundación Iberdrola España has allocated a total of 13 million euros to the Art and Culture department, which mainly focuses its resources on the Restorations Program, which supports the restoration workshops of reference museums to preserve their pictorial and artistic heritage; and the Illuminations Program, which includes the design, execution, and financing of artistic lighting projects for remarkable buildings and monuments.