11th Havana Biennial comes to a close
The 11th Havana Fine Arts Biennial wound up in the Cuban capital over the weekend, confirming its place as one of the most important arts events of its kind in Latin America and the Caribbean, and with the most popular attendance.
Artists from 43 countries contributed pieces that practically turned the city into a huge exhibition of a wide gamut of forms and expressions in today’s contemporary arts.
The team of curators, coordinated by the Havana based Wifredo Lam Center, was able to combine traditional exhibition forms in museums and galleries with open-air actions at a community level, such as the ones held at the Seaside Boulevard, in Prado Promenade, in San Agustín neighborhood, and in Vedado, where René Francisco and the project Cuarta Pragmática presented a proposal that mobilized the interest of dwellers and passersby.
Another gain of the biennial was its insertion in teaching or artistic education, including as work and exhibition areas the Higher Institute for the Arts, the José Antonio Echeverría University City and the San Alejandro Academy.
Cuban art was a priority for the cultural gathering, celebrated by dozens of critics, gallery owners and foreign experts, who highlighted the vitality and diversity of contemporary creation on the island.