Galería Arte-Facto opens in Havana

havana-live-arte_factoHAVANA,25 Feb. This past Wednesday saw the debut of Arte-Facto, a new gallery in Vedado focusing on design, which opened under the auspices of the Fondo Cubano de Bienes Culturales.

The inaugural show, Sin móvil aparente—a punning title that could translate as “Without Apparent Motive” or “Without Mobile Phone”—presents posters by eleven contemporary graphic designers. On view through April 15.

Bienal Takes Shape
The curatorial concept for the 12th Bienal de La Habana has been announced, along with the artists invited to participate.
Under the theme Entre la idea y la experiencia (Between the Idea and the Experience), this year’s edition forsakes the usual central exhibition area in favor of a decentralized approach that sends Bienal visitors into neighborhoods around Havana for performances, events, and other experiences that encourage intersections of art with dance, theater, music, cinema, and literature.

More than two dozen Cuban artists have been invited to participate, including Glenda León, Esterio Segura, Lázaro Saavedra, Elizabet Creviño, and Nestor Siré. Invited foreign artists include Anish Kapoor, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and performance artist Tino Sehgal. The Bienal runs May 22–June 22.

The_Importance_of_BeingBelgian Contemporary Art at the MNBA.
Earlier this month, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana welcomed The Importance of Being…, a show of 40 contemporary artists working in Belgium. Including Belgian-born artists and others working in the country, the exhibition raises questions about Belgian identity and its multilingual, transnational character. The featured artists include Francis Alÿs, Chantal Ackerman, and Wim Delvoye. On view through April 26.