12th Biennial: an explosion of art in Havana
The travel section of The New York Times recently referred to the forthcoming Havana Biennial as one of the main attractions when visiting Cuba. This Caribbean country’s greatest visual arts event is now in its twelfth year and will be held from 22 May to 22 June, with the key aim of experiencing the city and its people, and including them in the magic of creation.
This year, the programme of activities includes performances from the worlds of dance, theatre, music, film and literature. In the words of one of the organisers: “It won’t be a Biennial for collectors or gallerists, but rather to make a connection with the city”. There will be no official opening or specific venue; art will spill out of the galleries, bursting into the streets which will be bubbling with ideas.
The 12th Biennial will be held in squares, parks and urban spaces, as well as in the usual venues for the event, including the Wifredo Lam Centre of Contemporary Art, the photo library Fototeca de Cuba, the Centre for the Development of Visual Arts and the Cuba Pavilion.
The Indian artist Nikhil Chopra, the Mexicans Héctor Zamora and Sandra Calvo, the Austrians Axel Stockburger and Johann Lurf, the Aruban Nelson González, the Peruvian César Cornejo and the Argentinean Dolores Cáceres have confirmed their participation, joining the list of more than 200 artists and collective projects from 44 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East. The list also includes Cuban artists, displaying their innovative and experimental work
An event you can’t afford to miss! The second edition of the Detrás del Muro (Behind the Wall) project, the Zona Franca (Franco Zone) exhibition, “the greatest and most diverse ever staged”, in the Morro-Cabaña Complex, and the Entre, dentro, fuera (Between, inside, outside) project, in the Cuba Pavilion.
More info at: http://www.meliacuba.es/