Friday, August 25, 2006

Cuban Visual Arts and Films in Brasilia


BRASILIA (SE).— An exposition of 100 years of Cuban visual arts and cinematography is currently being held in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia at the Banco do Brazil Cultural Center in conjunction with Havana’s National Fine Arts Museum. The art show, featuring 120 works from 61 artists, is accompanied by a series of 50 Cuban films that began screening on Tuesday, the majority of which are from the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC) catalog. Previously, the exhibition was presented in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Brazilian art lovers have shown a marked interest in the different stages and evolution of Cuban art trends from the first vanguard of artists —Victor Manuel, Amelia, Abela and Pogolotti— to the latest conceptual experimentation. Among the works receiving lots of interest are a sampling of the Cuban version of abstract painting from the mid 20th Century and a collection of pieces —highlighted by the pop art of Raul Martinez— that reveal the creative explosion brought on by the new emphasis on arts and culture in government policy after the 1959 triumph of the Revolution.

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