LAS CRUCES, N.M. (PRWEB) August 07, 2018
The City of Las Cruces is proud to announce that on Friday, September 7 it is bringing a traveling exhibition from Spain’s Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid to downtown Las Cruces, with the collaboration of the American Friends of the Prado Museum, the New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation, Visit Las Cruces, the Las Cruces Museum System, the Economic Development Department, and Heritage Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
The free educational outdoor exhibit will display 92 masterpieces from the Prado Museum’s collection, photographically reproduced at a 1:1 scale. “The Prado in Las Cruces,” will open at the Art Ramble and remain on display at Plaza Place next to the downtown Plaza de Las Cruces through November 28. The exhibit was listed as one of USA Today’s “Top 25 Must-See Exhibits in 2017.”
Museo Nacional del Prado – the Prado Museum – is one of the world’s most prestigious fine art museums and boasts one of the finest collections of European art originating from the Spanish Royal collection. The collection features artwork of Diego Velázquez, Francisco de Goya, Titian, Rubens, and El Greco among others.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 6:30 pm at the Plaza stage to salute the partnership between the Prado Museum, the City of Las Cruces, the American Friends of the Prado Museum, and the New Mexico Multi-Cultural Foundation. The ceremony will also feature a performance by flamenco dancers.
The Las Cruces Museums will be providing free weekly 30-45-minute tours on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 - - am, and on Saturday afternoons at 2:00 pm. The tours will meet at the exhibit on Plaza Place. The theme of the tours will change but may include: Religion, Works of the Spanish Masters, Portraiture, Landscapes/Still Life, The Human Form, Mythology, and Royalty. Additional themes may be added later. Those interested in becoming docents with the Museums are encouraged to contact the Las Cruces Museums at (575) 541-2137 for more information.
The Las Cruces Museums will also be hosting an Educational Summit on September 29; more information is available from the Museum of Art Curator of Education Bryan Lee at (575) 541-2217, or by email at blee(at)las-cruces(dot)org
The outdoor location and free admission allow this traveling exhibit to expose art to new audiences of a wide variety of demographics while continuing the Prado’s tradition of supporting cultural preservation and the advancement of historical knowledge and art to the people. The City encourages viewers to stop, admire, and reflect on what they see.
About Las Cruces
Nestled in southern New Mexico’s Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande River and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination, and is now emphasizing its close connections to space travel, including the First Annual Space Festival in April 2018, and a full-size replica of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo on display near City Hall. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of such special events, attractions, culture and historical sites, as well as superb weather, with 350 days of sunshine per year. For more information on all Las Cruces has to offer, contact Visit Las Cruces at (575) 541-2150 or http://www.visitlascruces.com.