“The Caravaggio exhibition, in the spaces of Mexico City’s Munal from 22 February to 20 May, had the greatest number of daily visitors ever recorded in the museum’s history.”
The arrival of the masterpiece by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in the central American country was made possible by a collaboration between Enel Green Power – responsible for the painting’s transport from Rome to Mexico City – the Capitoline Museums in Rome, the Munal, the National Fine Arts Institute, the Mexican Ministry of Culture, the Italian Embassy to Mexico and the Institute of Italian Culture in Mexico.
This initiative made it the first time in 42 years that a work by Caravaggio was brought to the central American country. The last time time a Caravaggio painting was displayed in Mexico was in 1976 when the “The Lute Player” was shown in Mexico City’s Museum of Modern Art.
““Caravaggio. A work, a legacy” has helped to consolidate the dialogue between Mexico and Italy, the nation of origin of Caravaggio and Enel”
The painting was displayed with other works by Mexican artists from different generations who were influenced by Caravaggio, highlighting his legacy. Munal also exhibited the “Caravaggio Experience”, a multimedia immersion that recreated, through a game of colors, visuals and scents, the era in which Caravaggio lived and painted.
The exhibition in Mexico City is a new chapter in EGP’s collaboration with the Capitoline Museums in Rome, through which masterpieces by Caravaggio, Guido Reni and ancient Roman artistic treasures have been exhibited at the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes in Rio de Janeiro (2015), the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City (2016) and at the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago (2016).
The partnership with the Capitoline Museums in Rome has also seen us finance the restoration of the hall of the emperors in Palazzo del Campidoglio and create the project “Hidden Treasures of Rome” that had the Museums work with the University of Missouri in the study of 249 archaeological finds and offer statues and busts of Roman art for exhibition in some cities in the United States. This year, EGP is supporting the reconstruction of the Caffarelli Gardens and the restoration of the Temple of Jupiter, next to the Museum’s main building, which will be open to the public for the first time in autumn 2018.