Cuba Art and History from 1868 to Today – The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today
January 31 to June 8, 2008

 

Organized and presented by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from January 31 to June 8, 2008, ¡Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today, which brings together some 400 works of art, is the most important exhibition ever presented to showcase the art of this Caribbean island, which Christopher Columbus described as “the most beautiful land eyes have ever seen.”

 

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Cunedo Bermùdez (b.1914)
The Balcony – 1941
Oil on canvas, 73.7 x 58.7 cm
The Museum of Modern Art, Ney York
Gift of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr.
© The Museum of Modern Art / Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY
Courtesy The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Thanks to the collaboration of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Fototeca de Cuba, and of many collectors and museums in the United States, including the MoMA, this exhibition draws a broad panorama of Cuban art and history. This lively and well-conceived multidisciplinary exhibition brings together about one hundred paintings, including a huge collective mural produced in 1967 by many artists, two hundred photographs and documents, approximately one hundred works on paper (in particular two collections of pre- and post-1959-Revolution posters), installations and videos, in addition to music and film excerpts.

 

Jorge Arche (1905 – 1956)
Portrait of Mary – 1938
Oil on canvas, 91.5 x 76.5 cm
Museo National de Bellas Artes, Havana
Photo Rodolfo Martínez
Courtesy The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

This ambitious exhibition features the art of Cuba, an island that has witnessed the twentieth-century’s principal historical events (decolonization, the search for a national identity, wars of independence and the Revolution, the building of political utopias and ideological clashes). Located at the crossroads of Old Europe and the New World, Cuba is a rich cultural terrain: its music and literature are well known outside of the country, but the same cannot be said of its visual arts.

 

Raúl Corrales (1925 – 2006)
Cavalry – 1960
Gelatin Silver print, 4 of 6 – 30 x 40 cm
Collection of the artist
Courtesy Couturier Gallery, Los Angeles
Photo MMFA, Christine Guest
Courtesy The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

The catalogue
Under the general editorship of Nathalie Bondil, a 424-page catalogue has been produced by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Publishing Department. This book, which includes some 450 illustrations, is the first publication covering the whole history of Cuban art. It provides essays by Cuban and international specialists on various aspects of the subject and some 140 biographical notes. It is published in separate French, English and Spanish editions.

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~ by Stampfli & Turci on February 16, 2008.

One Response to “Cuba Art and History from 1868 to Today – The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts”

  1. Cool:)

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