The Prado Museum in Madrid, in Spain, will expand its number of rooms in the palace of Buen Retiro, while possessing the Salon des Royaumes.
This is an additional 2500m2 of space that the Buen Retiro Palace, built in the seventeenth century for Philip IV, plans to grant to the Prado Museum. The Salon des Royaumes will now serve as a backdrop to the great Spanish museum. Occupied until 2009 by the Army Museum which then moved to Toledo, the building had been closed for 6 years. The property is now being transferred to the Prado Museum. The palace will be rehabilitated, particularly to accommodate temporary exhibitions, with works – amounting to €152 million – which should be completed in 2019 according to the wishes of the Spanish Government for the bicentennial celebration of the creation of the Madrid museum, built under the reign of King Charles III.
This extension was necessary for the Madrid museum to unveil to the public works that spent most of their time hidden in reserves. The Prado, which holds one of the largest painting collections in the world (8600 paintings), will double its hanging space.