Cuban art. The infinite possibility / interior Museums / Collective exhibition / Biennial XIII Colateral Exhibition of Havana / National Museum of Fine arts. Building of Cuban Art / Calle Trocadero e/ Monserrate y Zulueta, Habana Vieja / April-September of 2019.
Corina Matamoros Tuma
José Villa, José Manuel Fors, René Francisco Rodríguez, Carlos Garaicoa, Los Carpinteros and Kcho meet on the ground floor of the National Museum of Fine Arts to show works in which, like a museum, they have collected traces of life, fragments of objects, materials, facts that reveal how we assume existence, and even dialogues with works by the institution itself. This peculiar collection, typically museal, expands the inexhaustible wealth of records that art gives continuously to anthropology.
With "Score" (2017), Carlos Garaicoa makes a colossal tribute to the city -its perfect poetic alibi- and to the world of music and its interpreters, through the collection of sound of the music performed by itinerant musicians in the streets of Madrid and Bilbao.
Los Carpinteros, for their part, in one of their latest productions as a duo, trace in "Alacenas" (2016) a moving social vision of the enraged storms that lash us in the Caribbean, from recording and collecting the fearsome sounds produced by hurricanes that emerge from impoverished kitchen shelves.
René Francisco Rodríguez joins this group to install an updated version of his anthological "Taller de reparaciones". In what is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding installations of his career, the creator collects his own experience and his interrelation with objects and people, in that personal and professional diary that is Taller.
Fors keeps to his secular trace of memories in the new installation "Las materias". In this sculptural memory, faithful to the very beginnings of his career, there is an authorial temperament ready to think about the simplicity of materials, the recycling of elements, the biological, historical and technological cycles of existence.
José Villa, facing the challenge of the main façade of the Cuban Art building, manufactures "Arpegio", an arch through which passers-by pass and, at the same time, the history of Cuban sculpture. The arch offered to the public is a link between the pedestrian and the sculptural tradition welcomed by the institution.
Exceptionally, "Interior Museums" will include a historical piece within the island's sculpture: "Regata", from 1993. This installation by Kcho was a work that anticipated and foreshadowed the painful migratory events that broke out on the country's coasts in 1994 and is an exceptional lesson in living history.
These six series of original collections arrive at the National Museum with their unrepeatable intentionalities and thesauri, and add intelligently to a patrimonial logic that has been seen again in Cuba since contemporary creation.
René F. Rodríguez/ Repair shop
Rene Francisco Rodríguez joins this group of "Interior Museums" to install their anthological Repair Workshop. In what is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding pieces of his career, the creator collects his own experience and its interrelation with objects and people, in that personal and professional diary that is "Workshop". With the passing of time, René sees in him his own life, as a collection of material and symbolic witnesses that are left to accumulate in the workplace. Seen from the perspective of the years, the artist feels that those canvases he left unfinished, the strange stone he once picked up, or that vinyl record he used to enjoy, are reunited in that personal space that the work turns into an audience, into a "work in progress" that runs to the rhythm of his own life. (CM)
Los Carpinteros/Series Cupboards
Los Carpinteros, in one of their last joint productions, trace in Alacenas a moving social vision of the enraged storms that lash us in the Caribbean, from recording and collecting the fearsome sounds produced by hurricanes that we know so well in the Island. From a set of modest kitchen cupboards, you can hear the relentless clatter of cyclones. And these pantries, with their garlic and empty appearances, place us immediately in precarious and scarce environments. It is precisely in these areas where the ravages and consequences of these imposing meteorological organisms are felt with greater fury, for the greater hardship of the affected populations. A "rara avis" in the production of artists. (CM)
Carlos Garaicoa/ Scores
With "Score" Garaicoa makes a profile of the contemporary city through the sonorous collection of the music interpreted in streets of Madrid and Bilbao. This is a kind of large orchestra where they gather about forty videos of street musicians playing various pieces, and represented on tablet support. A final score, elaborated by the musician Esteban Puebla as the colophon of this conglomerate of citadine sonorities, is transmitted on a wide digital screen that assumes the orchestral direction, in which drawings inspired by the score are also projected. We look out over a colossal tribute by Garaicoa to the city -its perfect poetic alibi- and to the world of music and its interpreters. (CM)
"Regatta" is a historical piece within the sculpture of the Island. It was exhibited for the first time in a show at the Center for the Development of Visual Arts in Havana, and today it is being honored and "recharged" by the National Museum as part of its heritage collection.
"Regata" was one of those works that anticipated and foreshadowed the painful migratory events that broke out on the country's coasts in 1994, only a few months after the piece was made. He therefore inaugurated, in the heat of the circumstances, an issue worked intensely by Cuban creators for decades. But his greatest strength was to have spoken to us with that rough language with which he compiled ninety little boats made of worn-out materials, of artifacts of poverty, gadgets of despair and daily props of living, to look at the contemporary catastrophe of migrations, and to see the particular destiny of our own. "Regatta" is an exceptional living history lesson. (CM)