Havana’s facades have been impregnated with the colors and styles of the European schools of painting, through an exhibition at the city’s “Castillo de la Real Fuerza” (Royal Forces Castle), of 50 Prado Museum reproductions, in what is the fifth year of the „Prado on the Streets“ project.
Between the months of March and May, the public can enjoy 53 exceptionally true copies of masterpieces representative of the Spanish, Italian and Flemish Schools, from the prestigious gallery’s collection.
Catalogued by the director of the Iberian cultural institution as “in some ways a ‘virtual’ journey through the rich collection of paintings”, the Prado Museum exhibition in Havana gives its visitors the opportunity to appreciate renowned works by Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Caravaggio, El Bosco, Durero and Rembrandt.
The project, launched in 2011 by the Network of Cultural Centers of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (Aecid in Spanish), can also be complimented by conferences and guided tours, led by students from the University of Havana’s Faculty of Arts and Letters, that cater for every type of audience, especially children and young people.
During the opening ceremony, The Spanish Ambassador in Cuba, Juan Francisco Montalbán, praised the magnificent selection and the collaboration between and roles played by the embassy’s Cultural Council and Cuban cultural institutions, especially the Office of the City Historian.
The diplomat told The Havana Reporter that through the exhibition “we can join this fantastic part of the city, a World Heritage Site with these art works from the Prado Museum, which we also consider to be a part of the Hispanic world’s heritage.”
Montalbán said that the exhibition was “an added attraction for visitors to Havana, but above all, an opportunity for cultural enjoyment and celebration for each and every person who comes to admire the works and to learn about universal painting.”
Onedys Calvo, director of the Cuba-Europe Cutural Relations Interpretation Center, highlighted the possibility of complimenting the exhibition with conferences and visits arranged through the institution she directs.
She pointed out that “this experience can be of benefit to both the Art History students who are gaining preprofessional experience and the public who can become familiar with the works on show in a unique way.”
According to Calvo, this exhibition also has a positive impact on the community, because in keeping with new communications strategies that redefine the limits of exhibition space to more open and less solemn environments, it makes the social representation of the museum collection more accessible.
The Cuban capital is the first on the planned itinerary for 2016 which also includes Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Bolivia and Paraguay, as well as the Philippines and Equatorial Guinea.Share on FB Share on TT