Gallery re­fit

Facelift for fine arts mu­seum

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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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Ali­cante's MUBAG

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