- Organized by the Museo Nacional del Prado and Fundación Iberdrola España, with the collaboration of the Junta de Castilla-La Mancha, the exhibition will tour eight cities in the community to promote knowledge and cultural identity of the country’s historical heritage
Fundación Iberdrola España has transferred its successful cultural initiative “El Museo del Pado en las Calles” to the city of Tomelloso (Ciudad Real).
This project aims to promote knowledge, dissemination, and communication of the collections and the cultural identity of the historical heritage attached to the Prado Museum, favoring the development of educational programs and cultural outreach activities.
In addition, it aims to virtually recreate the experience of visiting the Museum by being able to contemplate the paintings in their real dimensions, living an experience similar to that of being in front of an authentic work of art.
The exhibition, which was inaugurated this morning by Inmaculada Jiménez, Mayoress of Tomelloso, Andrés Úbeda, Deputy Director of Conservation and Research at the Museo Nacional del Prado, Fernando García, President of the Iberdrola España Foundation, and Ana Muñoz, Vice-Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, will bring 50 of the most relevant works of the Madrid collection to the public of Tomelloso through life-size photographic reproductions -adjusting to the dimensions of the exhibition panels (184 x 122 cm. )-, located in the Plaza de España, one of the most emblematic spaces in the city.
This large open-air exhibition, curated by Fernando Pérez Suescun, Head of Didactic Contents of the Prado Museum, will allow the visiting public to take a tour of the different schools that make up the artistic panorama of the Prado’s permanent collection and to learn about the history of Spain, Europe and Western art in general 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 bilingual information panels for each of the works and panels, also bilingual, 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 supports, only a magnificent and grandiose detail of the work can be shown of some of the large paintings, which can be seen in full on the explanatory poster.
After the great success of the exhibition during the celebration of the Museum’s Bicentennial, El Pado en las Calles began its tour of Castile-La Mancha on July 13 in Sigüenza, and over the next ten months, it will travel to eight cities in Castilla-La Mancha. In addition to Sigüenza, Puertollano and Tomelloso, Ciudad Real, Toledo, Guadalajara, Cuenca and Talavera de la Reina will be able to enjoy the exhibition.
Fundación Iberdrola España, Protector Member of the Prado Museum
Iberdrola, through its Foundation in Spain, focuses one of its main areas of activity on cultural development, focused on the care and maintenance of cultural and artistic wealth.
Thus, since 2010, Fundación Iberdrola España has been collaborating with the Museo del Prado by supporting the conservation and restoration programs carried out by the art gallery, as well as in the development of 4 annual scholarships for young restorers. It also wished to join the Extraordinary Program for the Commemoration of the Bicentenary 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 area of Art and Culture, 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.