In “Interior Museums,” Carlos Garaicoa, René Francisco, and four other acclaimed artists reflect on Cuba and Cuban identity, while “Island of Sugar” explores the impact of one industry on the island’s history and culture. At the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, curator Corina Matamoros guides us through the exhibitions.
Since the 1990s, Cristina Vives has been known for her curatorial work and books on contemporary Cuban art—most recently, as curator of Nkame, the acclaimed Belkis Ayón retrospective that has been touring US museums since 2016. In Havana, she is also known for the exhibitions presented by the private art space Estudio Figueroa-Vives, in collaboration with the Norwegian Embassy next door. Over coffee, Vives talked with Cuban Art News about recent projects and the current art scene in Havana.
At the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Jorge Fernández Torres and Delia María López Campistrous reflect on their current exhibitions, “The Mirror of Enigmas” and “Beyond Utopia."
Midway through the year, migration and immigration are emerging as powerful themes for museum exhibitions. As Tania Bruguera brings her distinctive point of view to international group shows at the Phillips Collection and ICA Boston, other Cuban artists take up the topic in New York, Venice, and beyond. Meanwhile, the US English-language media finally catches up with the Havana Biennial.