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An etching collection of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), was opened at the National Museum of Fine Arts in this capital city.

This exhibition, inaugurated as part of the events for the 20th Havana International Ballet Festival, collects engravings that belonged to the La Celestina (The Procuress) collection, (Suite 347, the property of Bancaja) and they are exhibited together with photographs by Isabel Muñoz.

Both collections were brought to Cuba under the auspices of the Secretaría de Cultura, Educación y Deportes (Culture, Education and Sport Department) of the Generalitat Valenciana (Autonomous Government of Valencia) and the Museum Consortium of the Valencia Community.

Eroticism, irony, humor and social criticism fill the small works of art that as a curiosity were also used to illustrate a special edition of La Celestina (The Procuress) by Fernando Rojas, during the 1970's.

The original works by Picasso are very important, and that should not go unnoticed by any art lover in the country.

On the other hand, the photographic set by Isabel Muñoz, who captured the images of the Cuban dancers on the Malecon, patios and streets from Havana, also move the interest for a different aspect of her artistic work.

The photographs in the Malecon are especially impressive, with the dancers dancing with the Caribbean Sea as a background together with the clouds at dusk.

Carlos Alonso Zaldivar, Spanish Ambassador in Cuba, Concepción Gómez, from the Secretaría de Cultura de la Generalitat Valenciana (Culture Department at the Autonomous Government of Valencia) and Luz Meriño, the director of the National Museum of Fine Arts will be present at the opening ceremony among other personalities.

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