Facelift for fine arts museum
By Alex Watkins THE ALICANTE museum of fine arts (MUBAG) is to close for five months from July to carry out renovations designed to better preserve its works of art.
The provincial government is investing €857,954 in the project. During the period while the gallery is closed, its technical team will be preparing the exhibitions for its reopening in 2019, as well as coordinating exhibitions of pieces from the provincial government’s collection at other venues around the province.
The MUBAG has also begun negotiations to join in with the celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of El Prado national museum by exhibiting some of its great pieces in Alicante.
The work includes installing a new air-conditioning system which will be more effective and energy efficient, improving disabled access to the exhibition rooms, and rendering and repainting the walls to show off the collection properly.
Provincial deputy for culture, César Augusto Asencio said it is the biggest project to be carried out at the museum since it opened in 2001.
The Sala Emilio Varela on the ground floor, which has been closed since October, will be reopened to show the work and life of this local painter.
The hall, which is divided into three sections on different levels, will have a lift installed for people with reduced mobility and safety will be improved on the staircases by putting glass panels in the spaces between the bannisters.
Lastly, the mezzanine, which since it opened has housed works on paper in glass display cases, will undergo a transformation to suit the current designs and settings for exhibitions. From next year this space will concentrate on offering a wider view of art and its context, as well as artists from the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th.
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