Tuesday May 24, 2016

Photo Walk-Through: Cuba Libre: Contemporary Cuban Art Since Peter Ludwig

A group show in Germany looks at the evolution of art on the island and beyond

At left, Adonis Flores, Aliento (Breath), 2006; at right, a work by Ciro Quintana

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The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba was established in the mid-1990s. But even before that, Irene and Peter Ludwig were enthusiastic collectors of Cuban art.

At the Ludwig Museum in Peter Ludwig’s home town of Koblenz, Cuba Libre: Contemporary Cuban Art Since Peter Ludwig takes work from the collection as the starting point for an exploration of current Cuban art.

Curated by Beate Reifenscheid, director of the museum, the exhibition includes work by several generations of artists, including Lidzie Alvisa, José Bedia, Maria Marta Pérez Bravo, Los Carpinteros, Ariamna Contino, Iván Capote, Yoan Capote, Liset Castillo, Alex Hernández, Roberto Fabelo, Adonis Flores, Carlos Garaicoa, Diana Fonseca, Kcho, Glenda Léon, Carlos Quintana, Adrián Fernández Milanes, and Frank Mujica.

The works on view reflect their creators’ meditations on the social and political realities of daily life on the island and in the contemporary world. The artist Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel) contributed the principal essay for the exhibition catalogue.

Here's a photo walk-through of the exhibition, along with a 5-minute video (in German) about the show’s installation. For more photos of the show, see the Cuban Art News Facebook page.

Three works by Roberto Fabelo

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By Yoan Capote: at left, the sculpture Migrant, 2010–2013; at right, the large painting Isla (after Géricault), 2015

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In foreground, Link by Iván Capote; in background at left, a work by Los Carpinteros; at right, a work by Frank Milanes

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At left, Pelotón, 2012, by Adonis Flores; at right, a work by José Bedia

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Works by Ariamna Contino, left, and Iván Capote, right

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Works by Los Carpinteros, including the sculptures Panera, 2014, and Clavos torcidos

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Works by Alex Hernández and Ariamna Contino

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Works by Adrián Fernández Milanes from the Sketches about power (the conquerors) series, 2015

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Marta María Pérez Bravo, Recuerdo de nuestro bebé

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