Cuban Art Exhibitions in Europe


In “Cuban Artists Invade Europe,” Cuban Art News explores exhibitions on view in Europe (Madrid, London, San Gimignano, Berlin, Lille, and Zurich) including works by Alexandre Arrechea, Carlos Garaicoa, and Los Carpinteros. [See original post for more images and other exhibitions going on in Cuba and the United States.]

Arrechea in Madrid. New drawings and sculptures by Alexandre Arrechea are on view in Higienópolis, running through next Friday, June 15, at Galería Casado Santapau.

Garaicoa in London. London’s Parasol Unit is hosting a major show by Carlos Garaicoa—his first in a public art space there. The show includes works from several series, including the tapestry-and-video installation Fin de silencio (End of Silence, 2010), Sin título (Alcantarillas) [Untitled (Manhole Covers), 2014], and Cerámicas Porno-indignadas (Porn-Outraged Ceramics, 2012–14). Through July 20.

And San Gimignano. Last week saw the opening of Garaicoa’s solo show at Galleria Continua’s space in San Gimignano, Italy. On view: Abismo (2017), a video meditation on the Holocaust, set to Olivier Messiaen’s 1941 Quartet for the End of Time. Through September 2.

Los Carpinteros in Berlin. At KOW gallery, El otro, el mismo / The Other, the Same brings together three recent films, new watercolors, and a large-scale sculpture by Los Carpinteros (Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez and Marco Castillo Valdés). Among the films, Comodato (2018) takes viewers on a tour of thirteen rooms of a single house, gradually moving from the luxurious interiors of the elite to humbler dwellings of poorer residents. Among the watercolors, Gran cuadrado de frijoles negros (2017) rethinks the 1915 Malevich icon for contemporary Cuba. On view through July 21.

And in Zurich. Opening just ahead of Art Basel, Los Carpinteros: Susurro del Palmar – The Whisper of the Palm Grove presents large-format bronze sculptures, new watercolors, and Alcenas, an interactive installation with sound. Opening June 9 and running through July 27 at Peter Kilchmann, with an opening reception this Saturday, 5–8 p.m.

Ola Cuba! in Lille. The Artes de Cuba festival in Washington, DC, grabbed much of the media spotlight this season, but we don’t want to overlook the festival going on right now in northern France. A cross-generational roster of 30 Cuban artists and art groups, including Abel Barroso, Elizabet Cerviño, Adonis Flores, and Carlos Garaicoa, are featured in the lead exhibition for Ola Cuba!second show is also on view, presenting photographic visions of the island by Marc Riboud, Nicola Lo Calzo, and Gérard Rancinan. There are smaller exhibitions and installations, too, and a program of films, concerts, and performances. (See the schedule here.) Ola Cuba! runs through September 2.

[Image above: Carlos Garaicoa, Untitled (Dartboard), 2017, from the series Untitled (Manhole Covers) Photo: Benjamin Westoby.]

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