World Big names flock to Cuba's first contemporary art space

16:50  13 august  2017
16:50  13 august  2017 Source:   AFP

Beam a message into space for Voyager's 40th anniversary

  Beam a message into space for Voyager's 40th anniversary Inspired by Voyager's Golden Record, NASA wants you to send an uplifting #MessageToVoyager via social media.Forty years ago, a team led by astronomer Carl Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan curated the Golden Record, which was considered humanity's message to space.

For decades, Cubans have been used to the revolutionary slogan "La lucha continua," or "the struggle goes on.". Now the first ever international contemporary art space on the Communist-ruled island has been dubbed "Arte Continua," or " art goes on," reflecting the changes shaping Havana.

"We are the first non- Cuban exhibition space in Cuba ," said Luisa Ausenda, one of the organizers of "Arte Continua," boasting of the project' s pioneering, non-profit role. Nevertheless, the concept has succeeded in luring some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world to Cuba , thanks in

Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba blamed on covert device

  Hearing loss of US diplomats in Cuba blamed on covert device The two-year-old U.S. diplomatic relationship with Cuba was roiled Wednesday by what U.S. officials say was a string of bizarre incidents that left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss attributed to a covert sonic device. In the fall of 2016, a series of U.S. diplomats began suffering unexplained losses of hearing, according to officials with knowledge of the investigation into the case. Several of the diplomats were recent arrivals at the embassy, which reopened in 2015 as part of former President Barack Obama's reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Now the first ever international contemporary art space on the Communist-ruled island has been dubbed Arte Continua, or “ art goes on,” reflecting the changes shaping Havana. Americans flock to Cuba in post-rapprochement tourism boom.

"We are the first non- Cuban exhibition space in Cuba ," said Luisa Ausenda, one of the organizers of "Arte Continua," boasting of the project' s pioneering, non-profit role. Nevertheless, the concept has succeeded in luring some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world to Cuba , thanks in

For decades, Cubans have been used to the revolutionary slogan "La lucha continua," or "the struggle goes on."

Find Out More
The 4 best airline credit cards for 2017
See The Cards
Sponsored by CompareCards

Now the first ever international contemporary art space on the Communist-ruled island has been dubbed "Arte Continua," or "art goes on," reflecting the changes shaping Havana.

The concept, originally from Italy, brings leading contemporary artists to an island that has been under one-party rule for more than half a century.

It is an offshoot of a project called "Galleria Continua" which started when Italians Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo had the idea of setting up contemporary art spaces in the most unlikely places, starting in 1990 in the medieval Italian village of San Gimignano.

Cuba diplomats ousted after bizarre incident in Havana

  Cuba diplomats ousted after bizarre incident in Havana The U.S. has expelled two Cuban diplomats in retaliation for a bizarre incident purportedly involving a covert sonic device that allegedly left a group of American diplomats in Havana with severe hearing loss. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert on Wednesday spoke only cryptically about the matter, referring to an "incident" without elaboration.

Now the first ever international contemporary art space on the Communist-ruled island has been dubbed "Arte Continua," or " art goes on," reflecting the changes shaping Havana. The Havana space includes work from big names including Michelangelo Pistoletto, Daniel Buren of France

"We are the first non- Cuban exhibition space in Cuba ," said Luisa Ausenda, one of the organizers of "Arte Continua," boasting of the project' s pioneering, non-profit role. Nevertheless, the concept has succeeded in luring some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world to Cuba , thanks in

They scored a notable coup when they installed a gallery in China in 2005.

The Havana space includes work from big names including Michelangelo Pistoletto, Daniel Buren of France, British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor, India's Shilpa Gupta and the late Greek-Italian artist Jannis Kounellis.

Pistoletto has already put on his own performance art show in Havana, when he smashed mirrors with a giant hammer in front of a stunned audience in the old city's 18th century San Francisco de Paula church.

Non-profit art

Fiaschi says he had the idea of installing an art exhibit space in Cuba during a visit in 2014, when he stumbled upon the ruined shell of a 1950s cinema in the old Chinese quarter of Havana.

Working with the Cuban authorities, he transformed the space and baptized it "Arte continua" to signify that unlike its predecessors, this was not an actual gallery but more in line with Cuba's cultural centers.

Third Country Linked to Mystery Attack in Cuba

  Third Country Linked to Mystery Attack in Cuba According to reports, a third country may have been behind the mystery attacks in Havana.Related: U.S.

“We are the first non- Cuban exhibition space in Cuba ,” said Luisa Ausenda, one of the organizers of “Arte Continua,” boasting of the project’ s pioneering, non-profit role. Nevertheless, the concept has succeeded in luring some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world to Cuba , thanks in

"We are the first non- Cuban exhibition space in Cuba ," said Luisa Ausenda, one of the organizers of "Arte Continua," boasting of the project' s pioneering, non-profit role. Nevertheless, the concept has succeeded in luring some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world to Cuba , thanks in

As well as sculptures, the space will feature musical events, dance, theatre and photographic and architectural exhibits.

"We are the first non-Cuban exhibition space in Cuba," said Luisa Ausenda, one of the organizers of "Arte Continua," boasting of the project's pioneering, non-profit role.

Under a deal with the Communist authorities, the pieces on display will not be for sale.

Nevertheless, the concept has succeeded in luring some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world to Cuba, thanks in part to private sponsorship and the collaboration of diplomatic missions in Havana.

Import and export of artists

"We have a dual mission," said Ausenda.

"On the one hand, we want to bring renowned international artists here, while on the other hand, we want to help the development of Cuban artists, both here on the island and abroad."

With support from "Arte continua," local artists Reynier Leyva Novo and Jose Eduardo Yaque were able to take their work to the Venice biennale and other "Galleria continua" spaces.

The Havana space also organizes a regular cinema club, guided tours and community workshops that cater to local schoolchildren.

"It's a positive project," said Jorge Fernandez, director of Cuba's Museum of Fine Arts and the Havana biennale.

"They bring in artists but above all, they work with the local community, with children. They are not here to sell pictures, and that is what we must promote."

More diplomats hurt in mysterious Cuban sonic attack .
U.S. and Canadian diplomats serving in Havana have been injured in a mysterious sonic attack that has caused hearing loss. More diplomats than previously reported have been hurt, CNN reported on Sunday, from attacks that have targeted diplomatic residences and hurt family members of people serving the country in Cuba.It said more than 10 U.S. diplomats and family members had been treated for injuries, citing two senior government officials.Five Canadian diplomats and family member have experienced similar problems, CNN reported.The report comes amid rising tensions between the U.S.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

This is interesting!