Habanarte 2014: The best of Cuban Contemporary Art

This 2014, Fernando Rojas said, the Habana Biennial will not be held, but, as it often happens during those days, Cuban visual arts will conquer streets and institutions, to show the best of our artwork and artists. In this regard, he added, Habanarte will be another deserved tribute to the 30 anniversary of this event and will allow, once more, a meeting between artists and companies committed with young artists graduated at the «San Alejandro» Academy of Fine Arts, the Higher Art Institute and the Visual Art Academies throughout the country".

Among the main proposals, Habanarte highlights "Habana Open House" through which the participants will have the opportunity to visit the ateliers of over a dozen contemporary artists, who will exhibit their works and talk with the artists during the process of creation. Among the most outstanding options are the visits to Kcho studio in Romerillo neighborhood and Diago gallery, where a sample of naif art will be exhibited.

Some of the artworks and authors, protagonists of the paradigmatic exhibition Volumen 1 ─that catalyzed the arrival of Cuban contemporary art─ will be exhibited at La Acacia art gallery, that will also host the 2×2 exhibition with works by artists of the renown Grupo de los 11.

La Acacia will also join, along with other art galleries, the Noche de galerías, with the presence of guest artists and jazz groups that will combine music with visual arts as a perfect "marriage" of good Cuban art. On the other hand, the René Portocarrero silk screen workshop will host the collective art exhibition of young artists of the graphic arts, as well as the sale of silkscreened posters belonging to the prestigious CACA (meaning Friends of the Poster Club) Project.

Among the main events organized by the National Council of Visual Arts we can mention the second edition of the Post-it meeting, the contest and expo-sale of visual arts for young artists under 35, which returns especially for Habanarte 2014.Meanwhile Génesis said that it will schedule for September 11-21 different visits to Havana art galleries, that will finish at the main office of this trading entity with the exhibition of the art sample Colección Afuera, with 20 works of their own and 20% discount for the accredited to the event, as stated by Lizet Fraga, its commercial director.

Fraga also announced the launching of Art imprint folders belonging to La Coleccion project, with the main Cuban artists of the 19th and 20th centuries; while the Servando art gallery will be exhibiting the contemporary artists: José Manuel Fors, Glauber Ballesteros, Adrián Fernández, Luis Enrique López and Karlos Pérez.

Undoubtedly, the main attraction of the Visual Arts in Cuba is the National Museum of Fine Arts; especially, the Cuban Art building that announces new samples of its collections of painting, engraving, sculpture, funerary art and decorative art.Cuba"s National Museum of Fine Arts has recently refurbished its old building, the Fine Arts Palace, opened to the viewers in 1955. Since then and up to now, the most important collections of the Visual Arts in Cuba and the universe have enriched this venue.

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