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:
“Biennial Foundation has received the following message from the curatorial team of the Havana Biennial, which confirms that the following edition will take place in November 2018:
Recognized as one of the most important events of Cuban culture, Havana Biennial has scheduled its 13thedition for November 2018, which maintains its every 3 years frequency implemented over 2 decades ago. Despite its triennial basis, Havana Biennial has retained its name as a respond to an event concept and as so it has been internationally released. The establishment of a new nomenclature might suggest that it is a new event. In addition, the current interval between each edition allows us to analyze in more detail and depth the changes that occur in contemporary art.
While especially interested in the so-called South countries, the Havana Biennial has been opened for years to other regions, being even more encompassing geographically. The curatorial team works right now in the conceptual platform of the upcoming edition, which will be announced opportunely in 2017.
Havana Biennial retains its selectivity by direct invitation, therefore is not an open call.
Since its inception, the Havana Biennial has been an international affair focusing on the “art of the South.” In a world that has become increasingly globalized over this time, so has the nature of contemporary art. Countries which participated in last year’s exhibition included not only artists from Cuba but also artists from other countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, Austria, France, Italy, India, the Middle East and Africa. Many nations join in Havana’s celebration of art. The Biennial is an international showcase which takes place in the streets, the museums, on the famous Malecón, the theatres, the town squares, the galleries, the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, and most importantly, the National Arts School (Escuelas Nacionales de Arte – ISA).
Art curators, artists, art lovers will have to wait a little while longer for the opening of the Havana’s celebration of art. In the meantime, you can enjoy a slide show of some of the works of art in the streets from the last Havana Biennale here.