The Prado Museum is taking part in the commemoration of the 150 Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Spain with an exhibition on Velázquez, which can be visited in Tokyo and Kobe from 24th February to 27th May 2018.
“Velázquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo del Prado” will be made up by 61 paintings allowing the Japanese public to get closer to the work of the Spanish artist and to understand it in relation to that of his European contemporaries, Spanish society and the Spanish Court of the Golden Age.
The exhibition will be divided into several theme exposition sections.
The exhibition also intends to pay tribute to the Japanese art historians studying Spanish Golden Age painting, while also to make the Prado Museum a privileged spokesperson in the relations between Japan and Spain.
The Madrid museum has a solid and productive relationship with this Asian country, via The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper, allowing the agreement for the organisation of the Velázquez exhibition to be signed at the time of the visit of the King and Queen of Spain to Japan in 2017.
The Yomiuri Shimbun was awarded a prize at the 6th Edition of the Spain Japan Foundation Prizes (VI Edición de los Premios de la Fundación Consejo España Japón) acknowledging its work promoting Spanish art in Japan throughout the past few years.