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Show of Cuban Modernism is the most ambitious in US since 1944

Raúl Martínez, 9 Repeticiones del Fidel con Micrófono (1968, nine repetitions of fidel with a microphone) (Col. Wallace <br />
Campbell, Jamaica. © Archivo Raúl Martinez)
Raúl Martínez, 9 Repeticiones del Fidel con Micrófono (1968, nine repetitions of fidel with a microphone) (Col. Wallace
Campbell, Jamaica. © Archivo Raúl Martinez)
“US audiences have not had a chance to see the art produced in Cuba over the past six decades,” says Mari Carmen Ramírez, the curator of Latin American art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). That changes this month when the museum opens Adiós Utopia, the largest show of contemporary Cuban art in the US since 1944—which took place well before the Cuban Revolution in 1959.

More than 100 works will trace “the relationship of artists to this utopian dream”, Ramírez says, as attitudes evolved from initial optimism in the 1960s to disillusionment in the 1980s and beyond. Many artists emigrated from Cuba during this period, but the curators chose to focus on the largely untold story of those who remained. Around 80% of the work in the show has never been seen in the US.

Adiós Utopia is a rare opportunity to see work that shaped and inspired the handful of Cuban artists US audiences are familiar with. The show begins with an introduction to the Concretist art movement of the 1950s, Cuba’s counterpart to Constructivism. It also presents the country’s contribution to Pop art in the 1960s with colourful portraits of revolutionary figures by Raúl Martínez.

MFAH teamed up with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to present the exhibition.

• Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art since 1950, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 5 March-21 May
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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

1001 Bissonnet

Houston

77005

USA


17 136 397 300, 17 136 397 597


www.mfah.org

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