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The 200th anniversary of the Prado Museum: which exhibitions are prepared in honor of the anniversary

The royal family will officially open the celebrations dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the Prado Museum, November 9, 2018. What will follow? Comparison of the brilliant Spaniards and the Dutch of the Golden Age, the artists of the Renaissance, Giacometti in comparison with the masterpieces from Prado, Fra Angelico, Van Eyck, Goya, Velasquez and not only.The Royal Museum of Painting and Sculpture, which in 1868 became known as the National Museum of Painting and Sculpture, and subsequently the National Museum of the Prado, opened its doors in Madrid on November 19, 1819. In the first exhibition were presented 311 paintings from the royal collection, exclusively Spanish authors. In 2019, the museum celebrates its 200th anniversary. The main idea of ​​the events that will take place throughout the year is to reflect the history of the museum and talk about how the private collection has become the main cultural heritage of Spain.
On November 23, 24 and 25, 2018, the museum will open its doors to everyone for free. On Saturday evening, November 24, celebrations are expected with fireworks, video projections on the facades of the museum and performances on Paseo del Prado Boulevard. After the end of the holiday week, official events will commence to celebrate the round date. They will continue until November 2019. From the list of exhibitions that prepared for the anniversary Prado, we chose the most interesting for art lovers.

Giacometti in the Prado

Over the past 200 years, the halls of the Prado Museum have been visited by many of the main characters of world history of art. This time the museum invites one of those artists who have not yet been represented in its halls to look here: 19 works (17 sculptures and two paintings) Alberto Giacometti enter into dialogue with famous masterpieces from the Prado collection.
Dates of the exhibition: April 2, 2018 - June 7, 2019

"The Chariot" is the first large sculpture that Giacometti created after World War II. While Paris was occupied, he lived in a Swiss hotel and sculpted figures of 5-6 cm in size - invisible people, surrounding them with an infinite, lonely, frightening volume of emptiness Already in 1947, he remembered the sculpture, which he once saw either asleep or in a vision ... It was an old story.
In 1938, a drunken American woman raced in a car across Paris and hit Alberto Giacometti in the Pyramids Square. He spent several months in the hospital: his right leg was crushed and mutilated. Giacometti will limp to the end of his life ... "- biography and descriptions of the works of Giacometti in Arthive (the sculpture is shown in the photo for your reference).

Little street in DelfteYan Vermeer1659, 53.5 × 43.5 cm

Intersections: Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer and the golden age of Spanish and Dutch painting

This exhibition is the result of active collaboration between the Prado Museum and the Rijksmuseum, which will provide well-known works from its collection for the exhibition. The main idea is to show the artistic traditions of the two countries, to contrast the historical myths and artistic realities and to find numerous sources that unite the painting schools of the two countries. Among the declared works are such authors as Velasquez, Rembrandt, Ribera, Frans Hals and Vermeer.
Dates of the exhibition: June 25, 2018 - September 29, 2019MarsDiego Velázquez 1640, 181 × 99 cm

Velazquez and the golden age

Art at the court of the Spanish king Philip IV was international and practically knew no boundaries. The purpose of the exhibition in the Prado Museum is to reveal the personality of Velázquez in this context and highlight the period of the artist’s work after his trip to Italy in 1623.
The organizers set out to attract the viewer's attention to the environment of Velasquez and to the artists who influenced his painting style. For this, more than 60 canvases have been selected, related to Velázquez, the Spanish royal collections or the Spanish paintings of the Golden Age. More than twenty of these works were made by Italian, French or Flemish artists, including Titian, Rubens, Ribera, Zurbaran, Murillo, and not only.
Exhibition Dates: November 16, 2018 - March 03, 2019 at the CaixaForumThe altar with five predella: The Annunciation of MariFra Beato Angelico, 1426, 190.3 × 191.5 cm

Fra Angelico and the early Florentine Renaissance Overcoming the fear of its own display in the water, the man wanted to keep this phantom. All sorts of means were tried: water tanks, polished surfaces, experiments with tin, etc. Finally, the centuries-old experiments ended in that we can all see ourselves from morning to evening, and the mirror turned from a mysterious and sinister into an ordinary household item. But in the history of painting the mirrors had and continues a stormy and bright life. So why are artists so fond of them? Read more

The main theme of this exhibition will be the period of 20-30 years of the fifteenth century, the early revival of Florence and the figure of Fra Angelico - one of the most important representatives of this era, a pioneer in the achievements of Florentine painting. In the same row with his masterpieces will be the works of such famous masters as Masaccio, Paolo Uchello and Filippo Lippi, as well as sculptors Giberti, Donatello, Nanni di Banco ... A real celebration for Renaissance admirers!
Dates of the exhibition: May 28, 2018 - September 22, 2019Portrait of a noblewomanLavinia Fontana1580, 114.9 × 89.5 cm

Sofonisba Angvissola and Lavinia Fontana. Women in Art

The exhibition will tell about one of the most famous and respected women of Western European art. For the first time, the Prado Museum will collect under its roof 60 major works by two Renaissance artists who will plunge into the atmosphere of that time and tell visitors about the fate and work of two outstanding women artists who broke the stereotypes of their era. A wonderful opportunity for a deeper study of the topic "The role of women in the art of Renaissance."
Dates of the exhibition: October 22, 2019 - February 2, 2020Archive also contains material The first artist: 9 facts about Lavinia Fontana

I have only my will. Goya's Drawings

This large-scale exhibition was the result of a great deal of work on creating a new catalog of Goya's drawings. Since the publication of the last Gassiere catalog in 1973, there have been changes in the number of sheets of drawings by the artist and their attribution, in connection with which there is a need to create a new catalog. “Catalogo razonado” will consist of 5 volumes and contain a large amount of information accumulated over an almost two-century study of this topic. Since this exhibition is the final part of the program for celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the museum, the organizers decided to exhibit a symbolic number of works: 200 Goya drawings, arranged in chronological order from the Italian notebook to the albums of the period of life in Bordeaux, will be exhibited in the museum. This exhibition broadcasts the philosophical reflections of the artist, which remain relevant in the modern world.
Dates of the exhibition: November 19, 2019 - February 16, 2020

Life-giving source - an exhibition of one masterpiece

This picture is not only the only work attributed to Jan van Eyck’s entourage, but also one of the most intriguing works in the Prado Museum collection. Authorship, iconography and the origin of the painting are questions that have been debated by researchers for almost 200 years.
Dates of the exhibition: October 23, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Events in the Prado Museum do not just replace each other: at the same time there can be several exhibitions. Do not forget about the expositions that will work for a long time: “Art and myth. Gods in Prado ”(from the masterpieces of ancient times to Rubens’s samples of creativity and not only),“ Bartolome Bermejo ”(works of the largest representative of the Gothic in Spain, a fragment of his work is the main illustration of the material).The Origin of the Milky WayPiter Paul Rubens 1638, 181 × 244 cm In general, the anniversary program in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Prado Museum is extensive and diverse. It is not limited to exhibitions and covers not only the visual arts, but also music, poetry and dance. In addition, serious educational, scientific and social projects will be implemented. Full information about all events in honor of the anniversary, see the official website of the museum.
Author: Natalia MaksheevaArthiv: read us in the Telegram and look at InstagramAccording to the official website of the National Prado Museum in Madrid