ArteMorfosis and the “Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana” are cooperating during the 13th Biennial of Havana in spring 2019 to show a selection of ArteMorfosis’ most innovative artists in and around the hotel, a building with rich history situated in the midst of the Biennial happenings.
Havana has a long history of trendsetting; innovation is engrained in its past and present. It was here where the first under-the-ocean tunnel of Latin America was built, it was here that the first tramways were parading the streets, the first television programs were transmitted, the first airline of Latin America was founded, and where a revolution changed society permanently. Now the Hotel Kempinski is going new ways and setting new standards in tourism, opening its latest luxury hotel in this historical place and ArteMorfosis is promoting Cuban art with its unconventional and innovative means.
Consequently, a track record of innovation was a priority in the selection of the artists on display. We chose the artists based on their pioneering work and present a wide spectrum; from the young emerging artist Osy Milian (*Havana, 1992) – who graduated from the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) in 2016 and has quickly achieved international exposure – through to internationally acclaimed artist Eduardo Roca ‘Choco’ (*Santiago de Cuba, 1949), who was awarded the ‘Premio Nacional de Artes Plasticas’ in 2017 for his life’s work which includes pioneering Collagraphy. Other innovative artists like Mabel Poblet (*Cienfuegos, 1986), who creates new forms of penetrable art installations accompanied by sound or Duvier Del Dago (*Zulueta, 1976), a pioneer in three-dimensional drawings with silk and ultraviolet light, offer fascinating insights into new forms of art.