CUBAN SPRING in Berlin—Young Art from Cuba

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“CUBAN SPRING–Young Art from Cuba,” featuring artists Kelvin López and Ketty Rodríguez, runs from March 30 through April 15, 2018, at Art Center Berlin, located at Georgenstrasse 44, Berlin, Germany. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, March 29, at 7:00pm. (A project in cooperation with Michael Connors, specialist in Caribbean art, and Karolina Stefanski, art historian.)

Description: Cuba—a country that, despite all the historical challenges, radiates pure zest for life. This is also true of his contemporary art scene, which confidently mixes the colors of local tradition with modern trends. With the exhibition “CUBAN SPRING” we bring works from two of the most talented young artists from Cuba to Berlin. Kelvin López and Ketty Rodríguez are graduates of the prestigious Superior Academy of Art in Havana (ISA) and are now beginning to draw attention to the international art world.

Kelvin López (1976) has presented at exhibitions and art fairs in Germany and abroad for many years. In 2016 he was part of the extensive exhibition project “Cuba Libre” in the Kunsthalle Rostock. His works have been featured in several museum collections in the United States, including the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California. In Berlin he shows his series of paintings “Terapia Floral” (floral therapy), which deals with the “act of purifying, a therapeutic and psychological release of emotions.” The various floral motifs impress with their evident abstraction and yet clear influence of photorealism. [. . .]

Ketty Rodríguez (1989) has exhibited in Cuba since 2008; her first U.S. exhibition was in 2016 where she won the Vermont Studio Center Residency Award. Her large format triptych “The Picnic” belongs to a series of works in which the artist focuses on geometric patterns, abstract and figurative forms and Caribbean colors. The composition, which at first seems innocent and captivates by its striking colors, reveals a darker side upon closer look—scraps of food left on a picnic blanket against an indefinable dark background also convey an uncomfortable emptiness and leaves the viewer with questions.

For more information, see http://www.art-center-berlin.de/news-events/id-29-03-15-04-2018-cuban-spring-junge-kunst-aus-kuba.html

[Many thanks to Michael Connors for bringing this item to our attention.]

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