Cuban Art Through the Ages takes participants through the past seven decades of Cuban art, visiting art collections housing Cuban art from the 19th century onwards, and artist studios.
Cuban Art Through the Ages takes participants on a whirlwind tour of Cuban art through visits to galleries and studio spaces. The day will begin we a guided visit to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The gallery holds works of arts executed in Cuba or by Cuban artists. The collection begins with colonial art produced under Spanish rule by predominantly European artists and extends to works produced by Cuban artists dating up until the 1990s. Following this, the tour will go on to the studio of Cuban artist Nelson Domínguez.
After stopping for lunch at the trendy and outstanding restaurant 304 O’Reilly, located just next door, the tour will continue on to the Factoría Habana. The gallery has been heralded as one of the most important spaces for contemporary Cuban art, run officially by the state but behind the scenes privately by Spanish Collector Concha Fontenla. Participants will then be taken to La Mina studio complex, a short walk from the gallery. Here guests will be privy to the private workspaces and bodies of works by Roberto Fabelo, Zaida del Río, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Ernesto Rancaño, Carlos Guzmán and Ángel Ramírez.
The last part of the tour will take place in the Vedado area of Havana. The tour will culminate with a visit to the studio of young Cuban artist Rafael Villares. The artist, having graduated from the Instituto Superior de Artes in 2015, represents the youngest contingent of Cuban contemporary artists. This will then be followed by a trip to the hipster centre—the Fabrica de Arte Cubano in the evening, where guests will be taken around the latest exhibition on show and then left to their own devices to enjoy the different forms of art on offer at the complex.
Specialising in gins, it is one of the only Gin Bar-Restaurants in Havana, its decorative and thematic inspiration coming from an East London hipster style bar.
Fábrica de Arte Cubano occupies the heart of Vedado nightlife and the Cuban art scene. The gallery space is used to exhibit Cuba's youngest and most hip artists.
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.