First Look: The 2019 Havana Biennial

With just about three months to go, the 13th Havana Biennial is taking shape.


Opening April 12 and running through May 12, Cuba’s most important art event is expected to once again bring the international art world to Havana.


Postponed due to damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the 13th edition expands the Biennial’s reach in Havana and around the island, under the theme La Construcción de lo Posible (The Construction of the Possible).


Curators and government officials announced details at a press conference in Havana just before the holidays.


Some 235 artists from almost 50 countries—primarily in Latin America, Africa, and the Caribbean—are expected to participate. Among them are approximately 70 Cuban artists, including Cuban National Art Award winners Manuel Mendive and René Francisco Rodríguez.

Younger Cuban artists include Rocío García, Adonis Flores, Frank Martínez, Kadir López, Tamara Campo, and Luis Gárciga.

Detrás del muro (Behind the Wall), one of the most popular exhibitions of the past two Biennials, will return in expanded form, under the theme of “liquid scenario.” Produced by Juan Delgado, this year’s presentation of public art projects will stretch even farther along the Malecón—some six kilometers (almost four miles)—with more than 70 artists invited to participate.


Among them are Cuban American artists Emilio Perez, who participated in the 2015 edition, and Enrique Martínez Celaya, who is making his “Detrás del muro” debut with a sculpture installation titled The Sugar House.


The exhibition is expected to include work by island artists Ariadna Contino and Alex Hernández, Adrián Fernández, Juan Milanés, Jorge Otero, and Arlés del Río. Pedro Pablo Oliva and Cuban National Arts Prize winner Pedro de Oráa will also contribute projects.


Full article at Cuban Art News

February 2, 2019