Authentic Cuba Travel launches the Official Havana Art Biennial 2019 Tour

Posted: 14-Sep-18 09:29

If you're yearning to be immersed in Cuba's art scene, the Official Havana Art Biennial 2019 Tour offers one of the most prestigious artistic events in Latin America. Here, you can interact with Cuban artists from all walks of life in a "complete artistic invasion" of Havana. The 2019 tour is of particular importance as Havana celebrates the 500th anniversary of its founding.

Authentic Cuba Travel launches the Official Havana Art Biennial 2019 Tour

The 13th edition of the Havana Art Biennial takes place April 12th to May 12th in 2019. The event is one of the most prestigious artistic events in Latin America, and is by invitation-only.

Artworks showcased at the Havana Art Biennial often attempt to shine a light on difficult sociological or theological questions, and usually represent concerns and conflicts that are prevalent in the artists’ regions, according to Total Prestige Magazine.

The theme for 2019 is "La Construccion de lo Posible", or the Construction of the Possible. It will also be the first year that the Art Biennial will spread outside of Havana and into the provinces, so if you are visiting regions such as Matanzas or Cienfuegos, you may come across events in your area.

According to the Wifredo Lam Art Center, the institution that organizes and runs the event:

“...this Cuban art festival will attempt to turn the city into an interactive cultural corridor between the creators and public.”

Artists will attempt to chronicle modern Cuban history while illustrating the clash between official censorship and freedom of artistic expression. Works by well-established Cuban artists like Jose Fuster, the “Picasso of the Caribbean”, Salvador Gonzalez and Alicia Leal will offer tour participants a one-of-a-kind experience as insiders at the Cuban art festival. The art discovery tour is fully escorted, and includes dedicated air-conditioning transportation, tour guide and bus driver services.

Aside from unlimited access to all venues of the Havana Art Biennial, the tour also includes exclusive visits to the Cuba’s National Art School, the Experimental Printing Workshop, the Wifredo Lam Center, the Fototeca de Cuba, and the Center for the Development of Visual Arts among other venues.

Since its inception in 1984, the Havana Art Biennial has become one of the most important artistic events in Latin America, featuring artists from across Latin America as well as from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As a result, it is one of the most important artistic events for “non-Western” art. The 12th edition of the Havana Art Biennial took place in 2015 and featured 130 artists from over 40 countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Guatemala, South Korea and Mexico.

Havana Art Biennial is also unique in that it encourages work in non-physical mediums, such as performance-based art, and works that integrate sound, light, smell and vibrations.

“The history of art is in the museum, but contemporary art is contextualized outside with architecture, design, and the culture at large.”

Explained Biennial co-founder Nelson Herrera Ysla in an interview with Total Prestige Magazine. Mr Herrera also commented:

“More and more artists have become social activists. There’s a lot of sound art and art you can smell. We are trying to leave behind the traditional ways of making art, and the traditional meanings.”

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