The Auschwitz exhibition extends its stay in Arte Canal until October, with over 350,000 visitors since it began - The Auschwitz exhibition extends its stay in Arte Canal until October, with over 350,000 visitors since it began
The Auschwitz exhibition extends its stay in Arte Canal until October, with over 350,000 visitors since it began
The Arte Canal Exhibition Centre, in Madrid, is the place selected to hold the world premiere of the exhibition and it will be the only venue held in Spain
• The exhibition, which displays over 600 original objects from the largest German Nazi camp, will remain open all summer, until 7 October Over 20 museums, institutions and international collectors have provided pieces for this project
• Thanks to the collaboration of Canal de Isabel II, 30,000 students from all around Spain will be able to visit the exhibition free of charge
The Community of Madrid, Canal de Isabel II and the Spanish company Musealia (the creator of the exhibition) have extended the exhibition on Auschwitz in the Arte Canal Exhibitions Centre until 7 October, after welcoming over 350,000 visitors since it opened in December.
The fantastic reception is the result of the “extraordinary quality” of this project premiered in Madrid and which, after the success achieved in this city, will visit a dozen European and North American cities, the vice-chairman, Regional Minister of Presidency and Spokesperson for the regional Government, Pedro Rollán, stated after visiting Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.
“This is not just another “successful exhibition”, it is a civic event”, declared the vicechairman. “Initiatives like this, he added, are a necessary antidote for trivialisation, justification and forgetting atrocities. The people of Madrid will always honour the memory of the six million people murdered in the Nazi extermination camps”.
The exhibition includes photographic and audio-visual content and over 600 original objects from Auschwitz, most of which are being shown to the public for the very first time after undergoing a thorough conservation process.
These items include prisoner uniforms, personal items that belonged to the Holocaust victims and executioners, architectural elements of the camp such as concrete posts, a bunkhouse or, among others, an original wagon like those used to transport over 1,300,000 people to the German Nazi camp of Auschwitz.
Many of these objects belong to the Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum collection, which is the co-producer of the exhibition and custodian and manager of the remains from the old German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 20 museums, institutions and private collections have collaborated with the exhibition, including Yad Vashem (Jerusalem) and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“The exhibition is also an important education resource -Rollán pointed out- because it enables youngsters to learn about the most terrible genocide in the history of mankind and therefore contributes to preventing such a thing from happening again”.
Thanks to the collaboration of Canal de Isabel II and Musealia, education centres and summer camps throughout Spain have been provided with 30,000 new invitations for students from across Spain to visit the exhibition, together with the 55,000 already distributed since the exhibition began.
VISITING THE EXHIBITION
Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, will remain in the Arte Canal Exhibition Centre (Pº de la Castellana 214, Madrid) until 7 October 2018, with opening times from 10:00 to 20:00, from Monday to Sunday. The general entrance fee is between 6 and 12.50 euros and there are discounts for unemployed people, groups, children, people with disabilities, pensioners, students, holders of the Carné Joven (youth card), people over the age of 65 and members of large families.
When purchasing tickets and to prevent long waiting times, since there are set entrance times, we recommend purchasing your ticket beforehand, selecting the date and entrance time, which you can do at the entrance or online (www.auschwitz.net). Likewise, schools and summer camps can book their tickets free of charge via the “Education” section on the website.
CANAL DE ISABEL II EXHIBITION HALL
The Arte Canal Exhibition Centre is located in one of the four compartments forming part of Canal de Isabel II’s Fourth Underground Water Reservoir. The aim of this reservoir was to meet the drinking water requirements resulting from the expansion of Madrid. Since opening as an exhibition hall in November 2004, Arte Canal has alternated historical exhibitions such as Guerreros de Xi’an, Faraón, Roma SPQR or Alejandro Magno, with other more contemporary exhibitions, or, for example the Star Wars saga.