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Abelardo Mena Chicuri

Abelardo G Mena Chicuri (La Habana 1962) Formerly a curator at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana, he is curator of the Farber Collection, Miami. He recently became CEO of RM Estudio, an arts advisory company in Havana for private and corporate collections.

Laboratory, Incubator, Source: Cuban Drawing & Graphic Design of the 1920s and ‘30s

This season, a show at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes considered drawing and graphic design—specifically, magazine covers—of the 1920s and 1930s as source and inspiration for the painting and sculpture of that era. Cuban Art News Havana editor Abelardo Mena spoke with curator Roberto Cobas about the thinking behind the show.

City of Columns: Reinterpreting Alejo Carpentier

In 1982, the Cuban edition of La Ciudad de las Columnas paired Alejo Carpentier’s 1963 essay with images by a young, emerging photographer, Ramón Martínez (Grandal). Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Noviembre Fotográfico, Havana’s monthlong focus on photography, we present a selection of Grandal’s images with an essay by curator Abelardo Mena.

Bienal Snapshot: Guillermo Ramírez Malberti’s Identidad

Using the artist and his family as an intimate frame of reference, Guillermo Ramírez Malberti’s exhibition is a meditation on the arc of the Revolution and its first generation. Abelardo Mena Chicuri, Cuban Art News Havana editor and the show’s curator, takes us through Identidad.

Bienal Snapshot: Néstor Siré’s Banksy in Havana

On the Internet, Cuban artist and videomaker Néstor Siré discovered that Banksy had spent several days in Havana in 2004, and left work behind on the city’s walls. Abelardo Mena reports on what Siré discovered next, and how it became part of his own art.

In Conversation: Caridad Blanco, Part 2

Continuing the conversation with Abelardo Mena, Blanco talks about organizing the exhibition Las otras narraciones: Una década de animación independiente, discovering the audience, and understanding animation in both the Cuban and international contexts.