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havana-live-Prieto-stone-MNBAHAVANA,  July 23  Last summer, the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst—the municipal museum of contemporary art in Ghent, Belgium, better known as S.M.A.K.  presented the exhibition Wilfredo Prieto: Speaking Badly About Stones.

S.M.A.K. was one of three international art institutions that worked together to present three solo exhibitions by Prieto. The others were the Kunstverein in Braunschweig, Germany, and the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana.

In each museum, the organizing curator took a slightly different approach to the exhibition, and not every work appeared in each location.

At the Museo Nacional, the exhibition—curated by Aylet Ojeda and titled Ping Pong Cuadrícula—includes pieces created specifically for the show, and others not previously seen in Cuba.

In the video, filmed at the Ghent exhibition, Prieto talks about Políticamente correcto, Sí/No, Dos zapatos y dos medias, and other works also on view in Havana.

Wilfredo Prieto: Ping Pong Cuadrícula is on view until August at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana.

The video was directed and filmed by Léa Rinaldi for Havana Cultura. For more videos on the visual arts, see the Havana Cultura website.


http://www.cubanartnews.org/news/video-wilfredo-prieto/4668

havana-live- jose manuel carenoHAVANA, July  22 Cuban dancers and the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, founded by Alicia Alonso, are known all over the world. Now that diplomatic relations have been restored between the United States and Cuba, opening the island up for more cultural exchange, what will that mean for Cuba’s ballet scene?

Meghna Chakrabarti spoke with José Manuel Carreño, a Cuban-born former principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater, who is now artistic director of Silicon Valley Ballet, based in San Jose.

“I see it as a good thing. I see it as a great opportunity for Cuban dancers also to explore and dance with other companies,” Carreño said. “Many dancers, they have been defecting and dancing in the United States and in other companies, but I guess this will open up the relation with Cuba, and I think it’s a great thing.”

http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/07/22/cuba-ballet-carreno