Museo de Bellas Artes

in Havana Vieja
  • Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana Vieja - Cuba
Location :
Edificio de Arte Cubano, Trocadero e/ Zulueta (Agramonte) y Monserrate, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
A visit to the Cuban National Museum of Fine Arts, Museo de Bellas Artes, is a must for art lovers. Specifically Cuban Arts can be enjoyed in the Edificio de Arte Cubano, while the international collection is housed in the Asturian Center. Buy a double ticket at the Cuban collection’s Arte Cubano building: it gives you access to both collections, although unless you’re feeling super energetic, we’d recommend splitting the visit over two days. If you’re short of time, you should focus on the Cuban collection – it offers visitors a unique insight into local history and culture. The exhibition shows the development of Cuban art from the 17th century right up to the modern day, with major works from Wifredo Lam in particular meriting a closer look. Of mixed-race descent from Villa Clara, Cuba, Lam studied art in Madrid with Dali’s teacher in the 1920s and worked alongside Picasso and Matisse in Paris before coming back to Cuba in the 1940s. While his work shows the Surrealist and Cubist influences of his European years, it’s mixed with his strong interest in Afro-Cuban religions. Wilfredo Lam felt that Afro-Cuban culture was not given its proper due by the establishment and was eager to raise awareness of its value. The museum is open every day from Tuesday to Saturday, and a half-day on Sunday.
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