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.
Jasmine will guide the participants in the tours around Havana and the main museums, galleries and art spaces. Jasmine is fluent in Spanish and English. Together with her, Cubartours Art Tour organizes art consultants such as Yudinela Ortega and Camila López
Yudinela Ortega, graduated in Art History from the Faculty of Arts and Literature of Universidad de La Habana in 2013. In addition to being an Art Consultant at Cuba Art Tours, she is currently Commercial Director of the Villa Manuela Gallery of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC).
She has previously worked as a Specialist in Visual Arts at Factoría Habana, Center for Experimentation of Contemporary Art at the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana. She simultaneously worked as Director of Sales and Commercial Management for OnCuba Magazine. She is a curator and art critic. Her texts can be consulted in specialized publications such as: Artecubano Magazine, Revolucion y Cultura Magazine, Tabloide Artecubano News, Puerto Rico and Caribbean Plastic Arts Magazine, Opus Habana, Havana Cultural, Habana Patrimonial and in the Digital Bulletins of the Center of Contemporary Art Wifredo Lam.
She has curated the exhibitions: What is your need? Collateral Exhibition of the XII Biennial of Havana, Arsenal Study, Havana (2015), The Left sentence in the Gallery Rubén Martínez Villena, of the Office of the Historian of Havana (2015). Non Places, collective exhibition of photography, about November Photographic in Gallery Villa Manuela of UNEAC (2016), Fragmentations, Personal Sample of Esteban Leyva in Villa Manuela Gallery of UNEAC (2017)
Yudinela works as an Art Consultant at Cubartours.
Camila López Rodríguez, having graduated from the University of Havana with a degree in Art History in 2015, is a young professor at the Faculty of Arts and Literature at the University of Havana, as well as an Art Consultant for Cubartours. Focused on art studies, she has taught courses on Appreciation and History of Music and Cuban Music in the University, as well as having shared teaching opportunities in subjects such as Contemporary Universal Art and Cuban Art.
Her experience ranges from Student Assistant at the Faculty of Arts and Literature, (University of Havana) to Professor of the Department of Art History. She has also worked on book presentations, catalogues and other publications. She has been a participant in the Staff Organizers of some events such as the presentation of the book The Inevitable Space Alexandre Arrechea (Jaca), of Cristina Vives at the National Museum of Fine Arts. She has also written for some of the platforms of Cuban contemporary art and has worked with them. She has received various art courses taught by Cuban and foreign teachers as well as text editing.
In her work as an art history teacher, she has lectured at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA) as well as having taught a group of Austrian students at Multicine Infanta. Camila is a member of LASA (Latin American Studies Association) and participated in New York with a lecture at the 50th Anniversary Congress of this association. She is constantly updated and immersed in the Cuban art scene and has a theoretical and practical knowledge of what happens both with the already consecrated Cuban art and with the new emerging generations. Camila works as an Art Consultant with Cubartours.
Samuel Puentes is a young architect graduated in 2015 from the Institute Jose Antonio Echeverria. He has been involved in diverse projects that go from remodel spaces to conceive new spaces in the city. He collaborated with the Architect Kiovet Sanchez in the project of the Hostal Santa Clara in Old Havana, and inside the project Arte y Corte he had the opportunity to restructure the school Jinete Chullima for children who live in the oldest municipality of Havana. During 2015 he worked as a professor in the Summer Workshop at Fabrica de Arte Cubano (FAC). Puentes wrote the article “Boxing Cuba. From the Backyards to Word Championship” for the German magazine Hirmer Verlag. In 2016 with a group of young architects created Studio Abierto, dedicated to the development of investigations, national and international contests, social and private projects. Samuel have been teaching the history of architecture from its must diverse point of views always related with the history of Cuba.
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.