Cuban Engraving '80, ‘90. Center of Contemporary Art Wifredo Lam, San Ignacio street Nr. 28 corner to Empedrado, Old Havana. June - August 2017
It is well known that museums and other exhibition institutions show, as a rule, a very small part of their heritage. Although in it are found the considered "masterpieces" they generally surprise of pleasing way the exhibitions with those pieces that form part of the funds relegated to the warehouses. In the case of the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, this type of exhibition always generates expectations since its exhibition halls generally host exhibitions with works that do not belong to its thesaurus. In this way the collective exhibition "Memories. Cuban Engraving '80, '90. Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Centre Collection", which took place between 9 June and 25 August of this year, was, in many ways, a very interesting proposal.
In the list of artists, both top figures in the most recent History of Engraving in the Island, and creators who have made sporadic incursions in this technique, but have a wide national and international recognition. The collected works give the measure of the diapason of techniques employed -which moreover denote a mastery of the office- and of the diversity of thematic concerns. They also show experimentation in terms of formats, a phenomenon that is by no means exclusive to engraving. Precisely, by covering those two decades, one can easily perceive that evolutionary line from the first attempts in terms of updating to the full renewal led by Belkis Ayón, Sandra Ramos, Abel Barroso and Ibrahim Miranda, among others.