Andre Masson's surrealism finds a new home in realistically magical Havana

Posted: 17-Oct-15 12:47

A total of 44 pieces from French surrealist artist, Andre Masson will be on permanent display in Havana's Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam starting 19th October, thanks to a donation by a Swiss-American philanthropist and curator. The collection will be on show indefinitely and the works are now part of a joint exhibition titled Masson-Lam.

Andre Masson's surrealism finds a new home in realistically magical Havana

A special collection of works by one of Surrealism's most famous and finest contemporary exponents; French artist and philosopher, Andre Masson is to be soon exhibited in Havana as part of a joint project entitled Masson-Lam - Imaginary Dialogues.

A labour of love this new exhibit seeks to compare and explore the works of internationally acclaimed Cuban artist, Wifredo Lam and the late Masson, whose works span a period of over 20 years and date back to the 20th century.

On display from today, 19th October 2015, the collection will be on show at the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wifredo Lam in Havana. The 44 paintings by Andre Masson have been kindly donated by Swiss-American philanthropist Gilbert Brownstone and the purpose of this project is to explore the connection between the Cuban and the French artist.

Brownstone, who first arrived to Cuban shores in 2010 with a very generous donation of more than 120 art pieces from renowned 20th century artists, announced to the local media that this new collection would remain on Cuban soil and stressed how anybody that wished to see them and study them "must travel to Havana".

The donation includes a folder of erotic drawings of which two originals belong to his "period of automated drawing". It also contains various copies, considered by specialists as real "gems" and masterpieces from the French artist.

The works donated had been previously kept by Andre Masson's son, Diego and his wife, Marguerite, both of whom are declared friends of Cuba.

The exhibition will also include the presentation of Brownstone's book: Andre Masson, surrealism' vagabond, featuring interviews to the artist made by Brownstone himself who is a commissioner of the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Museum of the City of Paris, the Museum Israel in Jerusalem and creator of a foundation named after him.

The president of Cuba's National Council of Plastic Arts, Ruben del Valle, made strong emphasis on the fact that the new Masson-Lam exhibition was "the most significant after the XII Havana Biennial" celebrated last May. He also said it presented a "unique opportunity" to appreciate the work of both masters, whose mutual encounter back in 1939 was never documented.


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