Walking along the streets of Madrid right now, locals and visitors alike will discover hidden gems all around town. Exact replicas of masterpieces from the Prado museum, including paintings by Goya, El Greco, and Fra Angelico, have been installed behind tree branches, inside airport security stations, on the sides of buildings, and along wrought-iron fences.
The Prado’s project, titled “Just Around the Corner,” is intended to “alter the daily life of citizens” by displaying works in “unexpected, close, and surprising places.” It’s part of a series of initiatives that aim to bring art outside the museum through a series of interventions that disperse aspects of the Prado’s collection. Previous iterations include “The Prado in the Streets” and “Today is the Prado.”
Below, see images from the project, which is on view through June 6.
Pérez Galdós Municipal Center for the Elderly Av. De la Ciudad de Barcelona, 182 Santa Isabel de Portugal. Zurbarán Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado.
Parque del Retiro Plaza de la Independencia, 7 The “spears” or The surrender of Breda. Velázquez Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado.
Mercado de la Paz Calle de Ayala, 28B Still life of game, vegetables, and fruits. Sánchez Cotán Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado
German Embassy Calle Fortuny, 8 The painter’s children in the Japanese living room. Fortuny Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado
Municipal Public Library Iván de Vargas Calle de San Justo, 5 San Jorge and the dragon. Rubens Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado
Municipal Board Downtown District Calle Mayor, 72 Felipe II. Sofonisba Anguissola Photo © Museo Nacional del Prado
Recinto ferial – IFEMA Madrid Av. del Partenón, 5 El caballero de la mano en el pecho. El Greco
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