Fine Arts hosts exhibition by Manuel Mendive

Fine Arts hosts exhibition by Manuel Mendive

HAVANA, May 20  “Bread with guava, a happy life” is the new exhibition by plastic artist Manuel Mendive that is hosted by the Cuban Art Building of the National Museum of Fine Arts (MNBA).According to a press release from that institution, this is the first major retrospective of the creator in Cuba, sponsored by the Mendive Art Project.

The exhibition, which celebrates the 80 years of life of the National Prize for Plastic Arts (2001), has nearly a hundred works and will bring together diverse languages and media, including painting, sculpture, installation, video and performance, specifies the information from the MNBA.

In “Bread with guava, a Happy Life”, pieces are compiled from Mendive’s academic period as a student, the paintings on found boards, the planimetry of the 70s in which he addressed Yoruba myths, popular traditions and historical stories.

You can also find his most recent work where he investigates, with a universal view, about man, nature and religion, states the Museum’s statement.

The information indicates that this tour of the master’s work will constitute a mandatory guideline for the section dedicated to performance and body painting, as a first expository reflection on these languages and their relevance within the artist’s career and the history of art in Cuba.


Until July 28, “Bread with guava, a happy life” will be open to the public.

Manuel Mendive Hoyo (Havana, 1944) is one of the references of Cuban plastic arts at an international level, as his work has been exhibited at the Venice, São Paulo and Havana biennials, at the Parisian Museum of Modern Art, the Center John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, among others

He holds recognitions and distinctions such as the Adam Montparnasse Prize at the XXIV Salon de Mayo in Paris, the International Prize at the Second Havana Biennial, the Félix Varela Order awarded by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba, the honorary doctorate for the University of the Arts, and the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Ministry of Culture.