From baroque to midcentury modern to eclectico cubano, many of the island’s historic structures are embellished with decorative features and integral artworks. In an article adapted from the Getty Conservation Institute newsletter, Rosa Lowinger talks about steps being taken to preserve some of the most visible elements of Cuba’s architectural patrimony.
Across the harbor from the Old Havana district, a small seafaring settlement shares a hill with a fortress, a monumental statue of Christ, and some of the most breathtaking views in all of Havana. Architect and urbanist Felicia Chateloín Santiesteban looks at the life and history of Casablanca, and the turning point it faces for its future.
Cuban-born Rosa Lowinger is an award-winning fine-art and architecture conservator and the author of Tropicana Nights: The Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub. She recently spoke with Cuban Art News associate publisher Patricia Farber about architectural restoration in Havana, the city’s modernist architecture, and more.
Last June, during the first Bienal del Diseño La Habana, the New York-based organization EcoArt Project announced “the first eco-sustainable furniture and lighting design competition in Cuba.” Now it’s showing off its finalists in a Design Week exhibition. And one of them will be headed to Italy.