The Art & Color Walk & Drive - detailed description


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The schedule this morning includes:

First, we’ll visit the Cuban art wing of the National Museum of Fine Arts, by far the largest in the country. Art with a capital A, movements of all times; colonial art, Spanish influences, French, American, often with a typical Cuban touch. Landscapes with other trees, a still life with tropical fruit.
Modern art will amaze you, considering that it arises from isolation (or because of that?)
The multilingual guide will pilot you along Cuba's top collection of cultural heritage.

Next, he or she will take you to the Center Wilfredo Lam. It is a cultural complex and one of Havana's most important galleries. Founded in 1983, it aims to be a center for the study, research and promotion of contemporary visual art in developing countries, from Africa to Asia, from Latin America to the Caribbean. The center is named after one of Cuba's most famous modern painters, Wilfredo Lam (1902 -1982) of Afro-Chinese origin.

At the Center for Development of Visual Art, you can see work of trendsetting, experimental, often young Cuban artists.

After this, we’ll visit the Graphic Workshop annex gallery in the picturesque Callejón del Chorro, near the cathedral.

On the way, there will also be visited an artist's studio, which studio depends on the agendas of the artists in question.

That was it for the serious art for this morning.

Finally, we’ll introduce you the arts and crafts market in the old Storehouses of San José. Just stroll along the many stalls, including folk art, paintings, jewelry, clothing, toys, but also musical instruments and humidors. Handcraft for a memorable reminder of Cuba or simply as a souvenir.

Lunchtime

Lunch is included and served in the restaurant you have chosen. The guide will say goodbye to you here. To recover from this 'bombardment' of images.

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At 02.30 pm (14.30hrs) the driver picks you up at the restaurant for the afternoon program.

In a classic car, which can be titled as mobile applied art, we navigate through Havana on our way to Fusterlandia.

We'll pass San Alejandro, the National Academy of Fine Arts, founded in 1818 by Jean-Baptiste Vermay, a French painter, among others to be admired in Havana's cathedral. San Alejandro is the educational art institute from way back.

More recently (1976) is the ISA, the Institute for Superior Art studies, a young university located in the former elite country club. The architecture is impressive, as is the location and list of graduates, such as José Bedia, Roberto Fabelo and Zaida del Río.

Fusterlandia, our last stop, is really jolly. Fusterlandia starts with José Rodriguez Fuster, representative of naïve art, specialized in mosaic, ceramics and Cuban pleasure to celebrate and decorate. In the fishing village of Jaimanitas, just outside Havana, Fuster not only decorated his own house with colorful motifs, he "tiled" the whole neighborhood. One by one, the local residents made their homes available for a metamorphosis by Fuster. People, tourists all came to admire this project and the neighborhood flourished like never before.

The esprit of Gaudí with a dash of Cuban magic. Fuster, now 72, is also known as the Picasso of the Caribbean, but honor whom honor is due, Fuster is no Picasso and no Gaudí, and Jaimanitas is not Barcelona, but it is certainly a feast for the eyes.

We’ll bring you home. Look around. Sit back. You'll see how beautiful everything is after a day of art?

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