The ceremony was celebrated in the ‘Teatro Real’ of Madrid under strict security measures and with a reduction of the capacity of the 50 per cent

It is a referential contest in Europe in which more than 25.000 artists have participated since 1986.

The ceremony had the support of the Queen ‘Doña Sofía’, the Princess ‘Irene de Grecia’ and the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida.

ACCIONA Cultural Engineering has organised the design and integral organisation of the ceremony of the 35thBMW Painting Award. The gala was held last Thursday, 15 October 2020 in the ‘Teatro Real’ of Madrid with the presence of the Queen ‘Doña Sofía’, the Princess ‘Irene de Grecia’, and the mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida.

The gala was hosted by the actor José Coronado. His discourse was focused on the current crisis and in the way the Spanish people have faced it. The actor highlighted “the disposition of the Spanish people in the management of the difficulties” and payed homage to the society for their strength, resilience and values. In the stage, a great number of empty chairs payed tribute to all the Spanish population as a whole, and the use of the lights were especially important during the discourse.

The perfect ending for the ceremony of the BMW Painting Award was the concert of Estrella Morente for the benefit of the ‘Fundación Mundo en Armonía’, presided by the Princess ‘Irene de Grecia’.

The ceremony was celebrated under the most restrictive security measures and with a reduction of the capacity of the 50 per cent, -being the permitted capacity of the 75%-, even though the ‘Teatro Real’ has reduced it to 65%. Some of the assistants were the president of the jury of the BMW Painting Award, Enrique de Ybarra e Ybarra, with other prominent people such as Tomás Paredes, president of the Spanish Association of Art Critics; Carmen Iglesias, member of the Spanish Royal Academy and of the Royal Academy of History; and Luis María Ansón, journalist and academic.

The BMW Painting Award is an initiative of the BMW Group for the promotion of art and talent, intended to promote the painting in Spain through the cultural dissemination of the projects and the finding of new talents. The BMW Painting Award goes through the evolution of the Spanish art from the last three decades and has consolidated as one of the most prestigious awards in Spain and Europe. Since 1986, more than 25.000 artists have participated and it has consolidated as the private initiative with more financial endowment.

The artist from Valencia Victoria Iranzo was rewarded with the 35th BMW Painting Award, endowed with 25.000 euros, for the project “Rue Africaine”. José Castiella achieved the ‘Beca Mario Antolín de Ayuda a la Investigación Pictórica’, of 8.000 euros, for “Fail anti stuff mechanism”. Carolina Ferrer obtained the Innovation Award, endowed with 6.000 euros, for “El lugar de la espera”. The BMW Award for the Youngest Talent, of 4.000 euros, was for Helena Serrano for the project ‘El baño del gato”.