Over the past few months we had the chance to meet many extremely interesting people, not all of them Italian, who enthusiastically joined in our project – it goes without saying, most of these lucky connections were formed on… Twitter. It’s on this platform that we met Àlex Hinojo (@Kippelboy), a “cultural sector engager” from Barcelona, as his bio defines him. And it’s from those first tweet that this interview took shape, one in which we won’t be talking about one museum but all museums of Catalonia, that Àlex has gathered together under the banner of the @CatalanMuseums account on Twitter.
We might never know what vision had Charles III of Spain in mind when he asked his architect, Juan de Villanueva, to build a house for his Cabinet of Natural History, in 1785. What we know is that this Cabinet became the Prado Museum, now with 1,300 works on display, 3,100 on temporary loan, many others in storage, of which 1,000 are accessible with full description in English, and more than 5,000 in the Spanish version, through the museum virtual gallery.
So here we are, it’s 2014 and the time has come to ‘show our cards’, unveil the mistery… simply said, to do what we had promised we would do: publish the interviews with our contacts abroad, those with whom we have been able to build a fruitful network and exchange of ideas over the past months.