With the XIII Bienal de La Habana set to open on Friday, here’s a quick look at some of the more intriguing exhibitions—independent, collateral, and officially part of the Biennial—that will open along with it.
As its contribution to the XIII Bienal de La Habana—and a preview of the city’s 500th anniversary celebration this fall—the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (MNBA) will launch 5 shows on Cuban art, history, and culture, from issues of race to the long shadow of sugar.
Underscoring the recent agreement between the Italian and Cuban governments in support of Havana’s National Art Schools, the Cuba pavilion in the Milan Triennial of architecture and design focuses on the schools, their architecture, and plans for their restoration.
With his book “Sugar, Cigars & Revolution: The Making of Cuban New York,” sociologist Lisandro Pérez reconstructs the influential community of Cuban intellectuals, merchants, workers, and artists that grew and thrived on another island—Manhattan. Lidia Hernández Tapia talks with Pérez about New York and the shaping of Cuban national identity in the crucial years before independence.