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Norman Foster RA: 200 years of Museo del Prado


Tuesday 25 June 2019
1 — 2pm

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Foster + Partners extension to the Prado Museum, Madrid.

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Hear Norman Foster RA, one of UK’s leading architects, discuss the redevelopment of the Museo del Prado and the practice’s unique take on the boundaries between the old and the new.

The building that we now know as the Museo del Prado has a rich history of re-invention. Originally designed by architect Villanueva in 1785, it was first the home of the Natural History Cabinet before opening its doors as the Museo Nacional del Prado in 1819.

In 2016, the museum ran a competition to restore and expand its historic Hall of Realms. The winning proposal by Foster + Partners aimed to reveal the memories buried within the existing building. Their project rediscovers the original 18th-century façade, creating spectacular indoor public spaces and finally opening the Prado to the city.

Join Norman Foster RA for a lunchtime lecture that celebrates the two-hundred-year history behind Spain’s most important art museum and hear more about the extension planned by Foster + Partners and Madrid studio Rubio Arquitectura.


Norman Foster RA is the founder of Foster + Partners, one of the UK’s leading architecture practices, whose focus spans architecture, urbanism and sustainability. He is also president of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid, which promotes interdisciplinary thinking and research to help new generations of architects, designers and urbanists anticipate the future. Throughout his career, Lord Foster has worked on projects that have brought architecture into the focus of public conversation, from the 30 St Mary Axe (also known as the Gherkin) to Apple Park in California and Bloomberg’s European Headquarters in London. He won the Pritzker Prize in 1999 and the Praemium Imperiale Award in 2002.

Members’ of the Academicians’ room please call 020 7300 8090 to book.

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Tuesday 25 June 2019

1 — 2pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

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