Works by over 50 Cuban artists connected with architecture are part of the exhibition “La madre de todas las artes” (The Mother of All Kinds of Art), which is on display at the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center located in a Havana colonial building.
The ambitious proposal by Cuban curator Nelson Herrera Ysla and his assistant Loliett Marrero Delachaux occupies the entire cultural center; both the galleries and common spaces as well.
The architectural element evidently features as the exhibition’s main theme, both because of the use of certain construction elements and the use of buildings as a source of inspiration or reflection.
Similar projects had been conceived previously as is the case of “La caza del éxito” (In the Search for Success), which was on display at the Center for the Development of Visual Arts during Havana’s 11th Biennial Art Fair (2012) and the exhibit “Señales de vida” (Signs of Life) at the Wifredo Lam Center (2013).
Inaugurated on March 26, the exhibition involves several artistic formats and manifestations.
Nelson Herrera Ysla stressed the idea was to bring together various contemporary Cuban artists currently focused on architecture as the main theme for their pieces. “This allowed us to have photographers, painters, drawers, sculptors, installation performers and video producers altogether in one large exhibition that involves more than 60 artists,” he commented.
Several generations of artists are part of this exhibit, some of them of great acclaim as are the cases of Los Carpinteros, Alexandre Arrechea, Rubén Alpízar and Arturo Montoto.
Others are just taking their first steps, such as Alberto Rodríguez, a first year student from the Higher Institute of Art (ISA).
Open to the public until May 7, the project offers the opportunity to enjoy the works of artists away from the Cuban galleries, recognize the quality of others and, above all, be delighted with the creative maturity of artists like Arturo Montoto and Sandra Ramos, just to mention a few examples.Share on FB Share on TT