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Museo del Prado Director Miguel Zugaza Departs to Lead Bilbao Museum

The Museo del Prado announced today that director Miguel Zugaza will step down from his post after fifteen years to join the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum as director. In a resignation letter addressed to the minister of education, culture, and sports, Zugaza said that he “considers the goals established during his term of office to have been fulfilled and expresses his thanks for all the support received.” He added that he considers himself “extremely fortunate” for the opportunity to return to the Bilbao Museum, which he led from 1995 to 2001, after its current director Javier Viar retires later this year.

Zugaza will remain involved with the planning of the Prado’s bicentenary project and the recently announced expansion project, for which architect Norman Foster will renovate a seventeenth-century royal house known as the Hall of Realms, until a new director is hired. The Prado and Bilbao museums will work together to make the transition process for both institutions as seamless as possible.

José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, president of the museum’s royal board of trustees, said, “the Museo del Prado will never be able to sufficiently express its thanks to Miguel Zugaza for his intelligence, wisdom and imagination, and the authority with which he has led the Museum,” and that “the results of his efforts, namely the great success of the Prado, speak for themselves.”