The Prado Museum and the Camilo José Cela University signed last December in the cloister of the gallery an agreement to collaborate in a seminar entitled “Speculative Architecture”, from January to April of this year, will cover the history of museums and how these have offered through history a “mirror image of society and what each society thinks of itself”.
The academic initiative, to be held at the Center for the Study of Cason del Buen Retiro, is directed by the writer Felix de Azua and Luis Feduchi, director of the School of Architecture and Technology, at Camilo José Cela University. De Azua also will also offer for the third year in a row and at the same venue the seminar “The Thinking Eye” about the transformations in the way art is understood since Romanticism revolution.
“Speculative Archictecture” comes from a sentence of El Greco collected in a Vasari´s volume which belonged to the library of the Cretan painter: “Painting, for being so universal, it is speculative.” “Speculative in that mirror,” explains De Azua. “And if the painting is a mirror reflection of societies, of course the museums are so”.