2019 is a year of maximum importance for the Spanish culture: Prado National museum of Madrid, the main cultural institution of Spain and one of the most important museums in the world, celebrates 200 years since it opened its gates to the public. The museum hosts numerous works of an exceptional artistic value made by artists such as Goya, Velázquez, Tiziano, Rubens or Rembrandt, attracting more than 3 million visitors every year.
Prado and its collections reflect Spain’s history and are a fundamental landmark of the Spanish culture and a true national pride. The museum’s bicentennial will be celebrated during the whole year through an ample program of activities to be carried out all over the Spanish territory. In Romania, the celebration of the 200 years since the opening of the museum will be marked by an original cultural project conducted by the Spanish Embassy in Bucharest and supported by the Prado National Museum and in collaboration with a number of Romanian high schools where there are bilingual Romanian and Spanish departments. The project was inaugurated last week at the “Miguel de Cervantes” Bilingual High School of Bucharest, in the presence of the Spanish Ambassador in Romania, H.E. Mr. Manuel Larrotcha Parada, and of the Principal of the High School, Mrs. Camelia Radulescu. The initiative aims at highlighting the importance of this museum and of the works histed by it, as well as promoting Spain’s cultural diversity among the Romanian youngsters, bringing art closer to them. Thus, a large copy of the famous painting “Las Meninas” (The Ladies from the Royal Court), made by the painter Diego Velázquez, will be exhibited in the high schools that participate in the project, with the support of the Prado National Museum. The painting, considered to be the artist’s masterpiece and a symbol of the Prado Museum, is one of the most analyzed paintings in the history of art, being renowned for the multitude of interpretations generated over the time, regarding its characters and composition. Alongside the copy of the painting “Las meninas”, a natural-sized sculpture inspired by the characters portrayed by Velázquez in this work of art, representing the ladies from the royal court known as “meninas”, will be also exhibited. The element of originality is that the sculpture is decorated with Romanian traditional motifs, thus suggesting the idea that the character illustrated by the Spanish painter actually wears a Romanian popular costume. This association is the reason for which the figurine was given the name of “Menina rumana” (the Romanian Menina). The artistic intervention was made by the team of urban artists Sweet Damage Crew and highlights the relation between the cultures of the two countries: Spain and Romania. The project will also include various video screenings about the museum and its collections, as well as a number of contests dedicated to the students, aiming at stimulating their creativity and raising their interest towards the Spanish art and culture.