In Part 1 of this two-part interview, Pérez discusses the highlights of his current exhibition, the details of his ten-point approach to planning for Havana’s growth and development, and why all architects need to start out by designing houses.
Designed by architects Ricardo Galbis and Vicente Llanera, the Hotel Internacional in Varadero first opened its doors in 1950. Nearby, another landmark of modern Cuban architecture, the Cabañas del Sol hotel, was designed by Moenck and Quintana Company. The recent announcement, via email, of the forthcoming demolition of both buildings by the Ministry of Tourism has caused a virtual uprising among intellectuals across the island.
La enmienda que hay en mí (Making Amends), an exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa, opened last night (August 23) at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa. On view: “The Crown Jewels,” the cut-paper metropolis “Bend City,” and other recent installations, sculptures, and manipulated photographs.
“Portugal Arte 10 EDP,” a new, monthlong art biennial debuts July 16 in Lisbon and the surrounding region. In addition to a group exhibition of contemporary Cuban art, the program includes public art installations by Yoan Capote, Ivan Capote, and Duvier Del Dago Fernandez.
In the Catalan city of Badalona, Cuban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada merged features from dozens of citizens’ 3-D digital portraits, re-creating the results as a 400-square-meter wall mural.