Art and history from 1869 to the present

17 May 2009 to 20 September 2009

This large-scale exhibition in the Groninger Museum was the first of its kind to present 140 years of Cuban art. Many influences have left their mark on Cuba in the course of history. It is a country that is rich in culture, and although Cuban music and literature are already part of world heritage, the visual arts enjoy very little fame among non-Cubans. Painting was predominant at the exhibition, it also offered a broad overview of other Cuban art in the past hundred years.

The extensive exhibition entitled Cuba! Art and history from 1868 to the present day was of unprecedented size and provided the greatest possible overview of Cuban art. Many paintings, photos videos, prints and installations gave a picture of Cuba in a political, historical and art-historical context.

The exhibition Cuba. Art and History from 1868 to Today was organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana.

  • Jorge Arche: Portrait of Mary. Museum Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. Photograph: Rodolfo Martínez