An exhibition of the best exponents of Cuban contemporary visual arts was recently opened at the Acacia Gallery, near Havana´s Capitol building. After a three-year trip around Mexico, the exhibition comes to Cuba with the warmth and vitality of the fifth and rainy month of the year.
After a three-year trip around Mexican arts galleries and centers, the visual arts exhibit Influences Inside comes to Cuba as warm and vital as rainy May.
The pieces, by some 20 artists, are currently being displayed at the Acacia Gallery, close to Havana’s Capitol building, and they include a collection of figures from the 1960´s.
The list of artists include Eduardo Roca (Choco), Fabelo, Rigoberto Mena, Alexis Leyva (Kcho), Alfredo Sosabravo, Belkis Ayón, Alain Pino, Nelson Dominguez, Roberto Diago, Ricardo Rodriguez Olazábal, Aimée García, Manuel Mendive, Flora Fong and Zaida del Río and others.
The plurality present in Cuban creation, the combination of several generations and technical skills prevail in the arts collection.
Paintings, sculptures, engravings, photographs, video art, happening and environments, a proof of the creative diversity and quality acknowledged at the international level are all part and parcel of the exhibit.
Influences Inside started its tour in November 2008, in the city of Morelia, Michoacan state. Then, it toured galleries and museums of the Federal District, Toluca, Guadalajara and Baja California, as well as the Arts Museum at the National Spanish Cultural Center, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the United States.
In the text presenting the exhibit, Cuban curator and arts critic Nelson Herrera Isla says “Visual arts in Cuba, loyal to the legacy of the modernism and the avant-gardism of the beginning of the 20th century, are currently characterized by their obsessive plurality, the sense of permanent search, their rejection to any consideration intending to classify them, to guide them, cause living on an Island is also a constant challenge to freedom of the spirit”.
Translated by Yanely Interian