The trip provides participants with the exclusive opportunity to meet and greet artists and other influential figures in the Cuban art world. The professional tours include a host of special and exclusive events. Hotel accommodation is included.
Cubartours Professional Week tour, grounded in the artistic, political, social and historical context of the Island, will set the scene for the trip through a series of talks, studio tours and gallery tours, introducing a framework in which Cuban contemporary art has flourished. The trip provides participants with the exclusive opportunity to meet and greet artists and other influential figures in the Cuban art world. Giving attendees the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the vibrant Cuban culture, Cuba Art Tours invites you to explore Cuba's kaleidoscopic art scene.
The tour will begin with a short lecture from Cuban Art History professor María de los Ángeles Pereira. Following this we will travel through a Cuban art historical narrative with a guided tour to the National Museum of Fine Arts, starting with the establishment of the fine arts under Spanish colonial rule exploring the ostentation styles, reflecting delicate European Romanticism and simultaneously the striking Baroque. The gallery progresses from Colonial art all the way through to Cuban Post-Revolutionary art from the 1990s. Following an introduction to the foundations of the Cuban art scene, Cubartours will begin by exploring the works of post-Revolution masters such as Lesbia Vent Dumois, Nelson Domínguez and Manuel Mendive amongst others. The Tour will then follow the development of Cuban Art through the 80s and 90s, with trips to the studios of celebrated contemporary artists. Finally, it shall also provide an insight into the youngest and brightest Cuban artists of the moment. The Art Tour provides a rare and perfectly curated opportunity to experience the pulsating life of Cuban art and artists, immersing oneself into the surroundings in which contemporary Cuban art was born.
Through the duration of the tour, artists will invite you into the spaces in which their creative process takes place. Interacting with artists will no doubt bring works to life and create a more intimate understanding between participants, individual artists and their works.
The professional tours include a host of special events including receptions at the British Ambassador's residence, cocktails at the Nacional, private receptions in the hotel allocated and exclusive exhibition openings organised specifically for the professional tours.
Not missing out on the scintillating city of Havana itself, Cubartours, working with Cubaism, will integrate vintage car tours of the city and other exciting activities, giving participants the unique opportunity to live the vibrant Cuban street and nightlife, to fully embrace the Real Cuban experience.
The price of the tour includes hotel accommodation, transport, lunch and dinner. It excludes the cost of flight, tourist card and any extra food and drink. Prices will vary according to hotel availability and selection.
Hotel options include:
Hotel Santa Isabel
Hotel Palacio del Marques de San Felipe
Hotel Memories Miramar
Hotel H10 Panorama
Hotel Gran Caribe Inglaterra
Hotel Four Points By Sheraton Havana
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please note: Lunch costs are not included in the tour price.
Jasmine Chohan, a BA and MA graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art, has specialised in Cuban art for over 7 years. She is currently a PhD candidate with Professor Julian Stallabrass at the Courtauld, focusing on Cuban contemporary art.
Having studied Fine Art at the San Alejandro Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes and Art History at the University of Havana, Jasmine has both a traditional academic grounding and an understanding of Cuban art history from a Cuban perspective. Jasmine has worked on Cuban exhibitions and with Cuban art representatives in London, as well as working in Cuba with individual artists and institutions such as the Centro Wifredo Lam on occasion of the 12th Havana Biennial. As a result Jasmine is well versed and integrated into the international Cuban art scene.
A fluent English and Spanish speaker, Jasmine will guide participants through Havana and Cuba's art history. Jasmine will also be organising Cubartours Art Tour, consulting with Gretel Acosta and Yudinela Ortega Hernandez.
Gretel Acosta, graduating from the University of Havana with a degree in Art History, is currently a writer and editor for the Sello Artecubano magazine, as well as an Art Consultant for Cuba Art Tours. Away from her editorial roles she is also a contributor to other art historical outlets such as Tabloid News Artecubano, ArtPulse, exhibition catalogs and various websites. She is also coauthor of the book TAG. Young People’s Things, focused on an analysis of works from recent graduates of Havana’s Arts University, the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA).
Gretel has worked as a curator on the exhibitions "Ojo de Agua" (Gallery Galiano, March-April 2014) and "NANO" (Gallery Teodoro Ramos Blanco, May-June 2015)—a collective exhibition that was part of the collateral displays of the Twelfth Havana Biennial. This exhibition was later selected by the Centre of the Development of Visual Arts in Cuba as one of the three projects to participate in the exhibition Remake, where the exhibition was remounted under the title "nano II" (Centre for the Development of Visual Arts, January-February 2016).
Gretel is deeply immersed in the Cuban art scene and has an intimate working knowledge of all things fresh and new, as well as established. Gretel will work in tandem as an Art Consultant with Cubartours.
Yudinela has completed a degree in Art History at the University of Havana (2013) in the Faculty of Arts and Literature. As well as being a Cuba Art Tours Art Consultant, she currently works as the Commercial Director of the Villa Manuela Gallery of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
In the past she has worked as a contemporary visual arts specialist at the Factory Havana and the Historian's Office of Havana. She simultaneously served as a Specialist Sales and Commercial Manager for the OnCuba Magazine. She frequently writes reviews and critiques for various magazines and news outlets. Her work can be found in specialist arts magazine Artecubano, Tabloid News Artecubano, Revolution and Culture Magazine, The Journal of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, the Cayman Bearded, on the websites Art on Cuba, Opus Habana, Havana Cultural, Habana Patrimonial and digital newsletters Contemporary Art Center Wifredo Lam.
She has curated the exhibitions: What is your need? Part of the collateral exhibitions of the Twelfth Havana Biennial, Studio Arsenal, Havana (2015) and The left sentence at the Ruben Martinez Villena Gallery, The Historian’s Office of Havana (2015).
Yudinela will be working collaboratively with both Jasmine and Gretel as an Art Consultant to Cubartours.
The tour was incredible -the most enjoyable thing I did in Havana. The artists you guys chose were so interesting and it was nice to see the broad spectrum of art in Cuba. I'm so happy I booked this, all the girls were so friendly and knowledgeable.
Jasmine curated one of the most incredible arts experiences we've had. Anyone who is a genuine art lover and interested in connecting with the source of these works should go on a tour. It is truly an elevated experience--5 stars all around!
The tour was insightful and interesting. We had the rare experience to see works of art up close and personal, as well as the chance to discuss those works with the artists themselves. An experience I never would have had if it were not for this tour.