Lovers of Cuban art and architecture will not want to miss out on this book: “Revolution of Forms: Cuba’s Forgotten Art Schools” by John A. Loomis with a forward by Gerardo Mosquera, first published in 1999. This book, the updated edition is now available in paperback. John A. Loomis’ book takes a look at the state of art, architecture, culture and political ideology in the Cuba of the 1960s which is symbolized and collides together in the design of one of its greatest works of architecture, the Escuelas Nacionals de Arte. Cuba’s most outstanding achievement in the world of architecture was to be the Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (National Art Schools) located just outside of Havana.
It was 1961, over a game of golf at the Havana Country Club just outside of the city, that Fidel Castro and Che Guevara discussed and made plans to build National Art School of Cuba on the grounds of the Club. Building of the School began but was later abandoned because of a lack of government funding and the political climate. The buildings still stand today and are regarded as an architectural marvel.