Graphic Explosion at the Havana Cathedral

Graphic Explosion at the Havana Cathedral

- By Virginia Alberdi - In the itineraries through Havana, there is always a stop in the Havana Cathedral Square. The magnetism of the historical center of the city, because of the paradigmatic architectural values of the American Baroque, another attractive is particularly the interest of the public space surrounded of institutions related with the cultural and social life of Cuba at present time. To understand the former statement it is necessary to transcend the regular routines of the tourist walks; to go beyond the disposition to order a Hemingway mojito in Bodeguita…Read more …

Surrealism in Cuba?

- By Virginia Alberdi Benítez - Alejo Carpentier, a Cuban writer of universal hierarchy, was a witness in Paris to the appearance of the surrealism in the European culture of the period between the World Wars. He even wrote articles for the magazine Revolution Surrealiste at the request of André Breton. Being pursued by the tyranny of Gerardo Machado that at the end of the twenties of the last century kept Cuba under his rule, the writer moved to Europe. The French poet Roberto Desnos, affiliated to surrealism, facilitated for Carpentier to move to…Read more …

Naive, candid people?… Cubans!

- By Virginia Alberdi Benítez - The presence of Alicia Leal´s work in the Artemorfosis gallery, in Zurich, and her proximity to a certain poetics of the popular art in Cuba, encourages us to offer a panoramic on the expressions of a visual culture rooted in the Antillean Island. However, before that, we need to offer two explanations. One explanation is about the categories usually used to classify the work of the creators out of the academy. The other explanation points to the necessary distinction among the results of who paints and draws in…Read more …