The Havana Biennial 13th Edition Scheduled for 2018

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Jan 212017
 
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The 13th Havana Biennal has just been announced.

The Havana Biennial 13th edition, is not going to take place this year as hoped for.  Once a biennial event, (the last one to take place was in May 22 to June 22, 2015 – “Between the Idea and the Experience,”),  it is now scheduled to launch in November of 2018. The news was officially announced by the Biennial Foundation.  The featured artists have yet to be announced: Continue reading »

Pastoral Scene by the Artist Oscar

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Mar 192016
 

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This is a pastoral scene painted in 1983? by a Cuban artist named Oscar.  The work of art is signed.

The painting is an example of artists who painted in the modern era adhering to the impressionistic style of art.  It is owned by a family in Havana who wish to sell the painting privately.  It was a gift to the family from the artist.  The family has owned the painting for 33 years. Continue reading »

Memories of Dentrás del muro – last year’s Biennial

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Mar 042016
 

Some memories of the Havana Biennial 2015 – images from the exhibit “Dentrás del muro” on the Malecón – the seawall of Havana.

There were few tourists in the streets, June was a month of heat, humidity and rain.  Only Cubans walked along the Malecón at this time.  The press had departed, notes in hand.  Those with permission to visit had left, their hearts and imagination lifted, dreaming of their next return.

Children joyfully climbed up into the art to experience it in the way that only those who are truly free can. Their parents took photos.  Lovers strolled along the Malecón holding hands, gazing out towards the sea imagining their love will last forever.  Those caught in the precious space between the freedom of the child and the chains of the adult collected together with a cheerful sense of belonging to something wonderful. They checked their phones while they sat on the ledge of the wall, laughing, dancing, never suspecting this time will end too.  A man played a saxophone.  In the street the art became tangible; the structure of its form reached out to the people of the city.  It was something concrete to embrace, accessible and touchable for all.

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12th Biennale Havana 2015 program announced

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Apr 032015
 
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Exterior of the National Arts School (Escuelas Nacionales de Arte) where the opera “Cubanacán, A Revolution of Forms” will take place.

The 12th Biennale Havana 2015 program and artists have been announced on the official Havana Bienale website. The twelfth edition of the Biennale is scheduled to open May 22 and will run until June 22, 2015.

The city will become the official exhibition space during the one month long of exhibits and performances combining various  artistic expressions such as theater, cinema, music, and dance.  Continue reading »

Man with a Hat at Night – Omar Alonso

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Jan 292015
 
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Man with a hat at night. Painting by Cuban artist Omar Alonso.

Another new acquisition for Ateneo Art Cuba.  This dark painting is called “Man with a Hat at Night,” by Cuban artist Omar Alonso.  Alonso lives in Havana and has a small gallery in old Havana.   Continue reading »