Meadows Museum, Prado announce historic partnership

'Pentecost' by El GrecoSMU’s Meadows Museum and the Prado Museum announced the launch of a groundbreaking three-year partnership, marking the first such international program for Spain’s national museum, on June 11 in Madrid.

The multifaceted collaboration includes the loan of major paintings from the Prado, interdisciplinary research at SMU, an unprecedented internship exchange between the two museums, and a range of public programs. The Meadows is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain.

The Prado and the Meadows will organize exhibitions focused around pivotal masterpieces on loan from the Prado that will explore the broader cultural, political, religious, and historical contexts for the works. El Greco’s monumental painting Pentecost (right) will be the first of three loans to be presented in Dallas. Pentecost will be on display from Sept. 12, 2010 through Feb. 1, 2011.

Next year, the Prado will lend Jusepe de Ribera’s Mary Magdalene, followed by Diego Velazquez’s full-length portrait of Philip IV in 2012. The Meadows Museum will produce a bilingual publication presenting new research across multiple subject areas timed to the installation of each loan, and will organize a series of symposia and educational programming with national and international scholars.

“After frequent visits to Madrid in the 1950s, museum founder Algur H. Meadows had a vision to establish a ‘Prado on the Prairie,’ and built an incredible collection of Spanish art that forms the foundation of the museum today,” said Meadows Museum Director Mark Roglán. “This new partnership is another step in realizing his aspiration.”

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