Exhibition by Eugenio Rodríguez (1917-1968). National Museum of Fine arts (Building of Cuban Art), Trocadero street between Monserrate and Zulueta, Old Havana. April-July 2017
Notes for an exhibition
The exhibition Juego de ángeles intends to reconcile the deserved homage to a relevant artist in his centennial of birth with a renewed emphasis on the part of the National Museum of Fine Arts to carry out samples dedicated to Cuban sculpture, an indispensable artistic expression in the context of the contemporary art of the Island and that will be made visible in a particular way by our institution in the coming years. The current display of Eugenio Rodríguez's exhibition consists of 55 works made up of 12 sculptures, 18 engravings and 25 drawings ranging from 1944 to 1968, in other words, almost all the years of fruitful creative work by this artist who unfortunately died when his innovative breath could still offer us perhaps his best works.
by: Roberto Cobas Amate
Eugenio Rodríguez is considered one of the undisputed protagonists of the process of modernization of Cuban sculpture in the 1940s. Likewise, it would be necessary to recognize the representativeness of his later work when participating in the changes that, in the formal and conceptual order, took place in the manifestation from the decade of the fifties of the last century. Therefore, it is not gratuitous that this year, on commemorating the centenary of his birth, the National Museum of Fine Arts, has determined, as a work of absolute justice, to recall the trajectory of that which was catalogued by the poet and painter Fayad Jamís as "Our Benvenuto Cellini". (...) Parallel to the sculptural production, he developed a remarkable work in the field of graphics, especially in relation to xylography. As a result, he actively participated in different exhibitions as founder and member of the Cuban Association of Engravers, earning important prizes. (...) In spite of not having covered thirty years of artistic life, it deserved an unequivocal recognition in the history of Cuban sculpture.
by: Mei-ling Cabrera Pérez