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‘El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez’ attracts over 150,000 visitors to the Gemäldegalerie


After 104 days at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie and a total of 151,823 visitors, the exhibition ‘El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez’ closed its doors for the last time on Sunday 30th October 2016. During its final weekend alone, 10,000 people took advantage of the extended opening times to visit the exhibition.

El Siglo de Oro was a unique experience for audiences here in Germany and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to introduce this truly golden age of painting and sculpture to so many”, said Michael Eissenhauer, Director-General of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and Director of the Gemäldegalerie and the Skulpturensammlung. “I would like to thank our visitors, the many international donors of works and all our employees who have made this show such a tremendous success!”

Over 15,000 people took part in the comprehensive education and outreach programme which accompanied the exhibition over its 17-week run. Around 8,000 exhibition catalogues were sold and 30% of all visitors took advantage of the audioguide spoken by actor Daniel Brühl. The children’s audioguide and drawing book ‘Compañero’ was used by approximately 1,500 young visitors.

‘El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez’ is an exhibition by the Gemäldegalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin in association with Kunsthalle München. It is being held under the joint patronage of His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain and German Federal President Joachim Gauck and is sponsored by the Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe and the “la Caixa” Foundation. The exhibition is supported by the Embassy of Spain, Instituto Cervantes and Museum&Location Veranstaltungsgesellschaft der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin mbH.

The media partners for the exhibition are the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, rbb Fernsehen, kulturradio by rbb, radioeins by rbb, Der Tagesspiegel, tip Berlin, WELTKUNST, ZITTY and das Museumsfernsehen. The mobility partner is Deutsche Bahn.

Following its appearance in Berlin, the exhibition will travel to Munich under the title ‘Spain’s Golden Age: The Era of Velázquez in Painting and Sculpture’ and can be seen there from 25th November to 26th March 2017 at the Kunsthalle München.