Francisco González, President of the BBVA Foundation; José Pedro Pérez-Llorca, President of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo del Prado; Rafael Pardo, Director of the BBVA Foundation; and Prado Director Miguel Zugaza met this morning to sign a collaboration agreement between the Prado Museum and the BBVA Foundation to organize a major exhibition, to run from May to September 2016, celebrating the fifth centenary of the death of Hieronymus Bosch. The monographic exhibition will feature the great Bosch triptychs, and will unite the multiple works housed in the Prado and Spanish collections with pieces like the Triptych of the Temptation of St. Anthony, on exceptional loan from the Museo de Arte Antiga in Lisbon, and others lent by such prestigious institutions as Vienna’s Albertina and Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, the Musée du Louvre in Paris or the Polo Museale del Veneto in Venice.
“What we don’t know still largely outweighs what we do know,” reflects the Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti who in 2016 will become Director General at CERN. In her talk this evening (19:30) as part of the BBVA Foundation’s lecture series on particle physics, she will explain what physicists are searching for in the recently initiated second run of the LHC accelerator. Earlier in the day, she spoke at a press conference in the BBVA Foundation.
The BBVA Foundation has bestowed its Biodiversity Conservation Awards in their three categories on the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Environment and Land Planning, the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), and wildlife illustrator Juan Varela.
“Many, many millions of years were required for the Earth to recover from the extinction that killed off the dinosaurs. And humans are now on the verge of causing another mass extinction,” remarks American ecologist David Tilman, BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge laureate in Ecology and Conservation Biology. “Although species have always gone extinct, the rate of human-caused extinction is at least 100 times the natural rate that we see in the fossil record.”
Knowledge is the best means we have to confront the central challenges of the present and near-term future: from halting climate change or ensuring the preservation of the natural environment to revolutionizing the treatment of devastating diseases, designing more effective social and economic policies or exploiting the full potential of the Internet, the technology that defines our age. This is the message emerging from the presentation ceremony of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards, held today in the Marqués de Salamanca Palace, Madrid.