Cuban Insularity in Fine Arts
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- 07 / 27 / 2008
Cuba and the sea highlights, from the view of painters from different generations, the importance of the sea in the Island´s life. The sea has been present in historical events since ancient times and it´s part of our identity as a nation. In the 35 pieces included in the exhibition can be seen marinas of creators from the 19th century until nowadays. We find a romantic vision, ranging from realism until the contemporary abstract approaches. The landscape is presented here as an interpretation in correspondence with each historical moment, but always marked by the admiration of the artists for the immensity and the changing blue of the waters surrounding the Island. Names like Esteban Chartrand, Sanz Carta, Fidelio Ponce, Cundo Bermudez or Martinez Pedro, among others appear in this exhibition.
On the other hand, Cartography of an Overseas Island inaugurated July 18, comprises 22 works that have as central topic the representation of the Island. The exhibition focuses on two moments of the history of Cuban art. The first one is presented in the colonial European cartographies that sought to discover and delimit the Island. The second one corresponds to the contemporary Cuban art of the 80´s and 90´s of the last century, period in which artists rediscover the Island from conceptual perspectives.
This exhibition shows pieces made in paper, sculptures, and installations. There are 8 colonial cartographies within the 22 exhibited and the rest belongs to the contemporary art with creations of Kcho, Antonio Eligio Fernandez (Tonel), Rene Francisco, Sandra Ramos, Esterio Segura, Douglas Perez, and Ibrahim Miranda, among others.
The inauguration of Cartography of an Overseas Island coincided with the festivities for the seventh anniversary of the opening of the new National Museum of Fine Arts on July 18 and 19. The Fine Arts Museum opened its doors in 2001, completely refurbished and another impressive building of the early 20th century joined the museum: the former Asturian Center. Hence it was enlarged and endowed with the most modern conservation and exhibition techniques this important cultural institution with three buildings: one for the Cuban Art, another for the Collections of Universal Art and a third one dedicated to the social-administrative tasks of the institution.
At present are kept in the building of Universal Art the exhibitions Garcia Maroto: Cuba 20 engravings in wood, 1931; and Antoni Miro: Pedestrians of Silences.
The National Museum of Fine Arts which in this year celebrates its 95 years of foundation houses more than 47 000 patrimonial pieces in its two buildings that offer a Cuban integrative vision of the most worthy of Cuban Plastic Arts and of other cultures.
Together with the intense yearly program of exhibitions that always prepares the National Museum of Fine Arts, outstand its cultural proposals that include cinema, theater, and concerts in its theater room, located in the Building of Cuban Art.