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The Auckland Project’s Masterpieces Exhibited in New York

14 February 2018

An international spotlight is shining on County Durham with two prestigious US exhibitions attracting international attention.

Paintings from The Auckland Project, Bishop Auckland, including works from Auckland Castle and the forthcoming Spanish Gallery nearby, have been displayed in two separate exhibitions in New York City.

Francisco de Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons, a series of paintings that has hung in Auckland Castle for more than 250 years, is being exhibited at the renowned Frick Collection until 22 April, while an additional selection of Spanish artworks was shown at Sotheby’s auction house earlier this month.

Both exhibitions have helped to raise the profile of Bishop Auckland with the Zurbarán paintings at The Frick Collection, in particular, generating countless column inches in worldwide publications such as The New Yorker, The Art Newspaper and Spain’s La Vanguardia.

Ian Wardropper, Director of The Frick Collection, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with The Auckland Project and the Meadows Museum on the first North American showing of Francisco de Zurbarán’s extraordinary series Jacob and His Twelve Sons.

“The sheer visual power and rich narrative content of this series will draw visitors in and will be beautifully complemented by the Frick’s strong holdings in Spanish art.”

Nearby, a selection of Spanish art from The Auckland Project’s collection was also on display at Sotheby’s from 26 January to 11 February. Timed to coincide with Sotheby’s Masters Week, one of their busiest weeks of the year, this was the first showing of works that will soon be displayed in the Spanish Gallery, due to open in Bishop Auckland in 2019.

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