Yanelis Abreu

Yanelis Abreu

Intento combinar el oficio de turista con el de periodista, con el de espectadora, con el de lectora, con el de estudiante de arte, porque al final, confieso, siempre me ha gustado parafrasear a Bordiue: “La información es demasiado importante como para dejarla en manos –únicamente- de los periodistas”.

Cuban scriptwriter triumphs in the recent edition of the Goya Awards 2014, Spain

Alejandro Hernandez, a Cuban scriptwriter won a Goya award for Best Adapted Script for his work on All women (Mariano Barroso, 2013). Prior he had also participated in the script and the production of popular film Havana Blues (Benito Zambrano, 2005). This Sunday, the latest installment of the Goya Awards in its XXVIII edition was won by Cuban- Spanish writer Alejandro Hernández (Havana , 1970 ), who lives and works in Madrid. On receiving the award, Alejandro Hernández dedicated his win, very excited, to the master of Cuban cinema Daniel Díaz Torres (Havana December 31, 1948 - September 16, 2013): “He told me, get out of Cuba , learn of the world and then write . Thank you Daniel! " The laurel was awarded for his work in adapting the screenplay for the film “All women”, by Spanish director and screenwriter Mariano Barroso. It was a project that began in serial format and then conquered the big screen. “All women” tells the story of Nacho, a veterinarian who faces all the women who have meant something in his life. Before him his lover, his mother, his psychologist, his partner, his ex-girlfriend and her sister shows up. All pending with accounts...

Art unites Havana and Key West

The first cultural exchange between museums in Cuba and the United States in the past five decades, will take place through the exhibition “One race “. It will open to the public on January 17 in one of the transitional rooms of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana. Previously they had exposed contemporary art from galleries of New York's famous Chelsea neighborhood, in a 2009 exhibition rightly called “Chelsea visits Havana " . But “One race" can be already considered from an event in Cuban art, regarding cultural project between the two concerned countries. The exhibition brings together a set of thirty intaglios, pieces made through the art of carving and painting wood. All were made by Mario Sánchez (1908-2005), who was considered a master in the discipline. Mario Sanchez is a self-taught artist of Cuban origin because his grandparents were born in the island and migrated to Key West during the Ten Years' War against the then Spanish metropolis (1868 -1878 ) . According to the Folk Art magazine, is the most important folk artists of the twentieth century in America, with a work that is characterized by social and testimonial commitment, in addition to its refined...

Valuable Egyptian Piece Donated to Cuba

A Lapis Lazuli scarab from 25th Dynasty will be donated by August Kestner Museum in Hanover to the Egyptian Art Collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts, on occasion of 20 years (1993-2013) of continuous collaboration between the two institutions. Dr Christian E. Leoben Egyptologist and Specialist of the Egyptian Art Collection of the German institution´, travels to Cuba with a special donation for the Cuban museum. The piece has great value and is an important acquisition for the collection of Havana’s museum, highly estimated by possessing one of the most important collections of ancient art in Latin America. The lapis lazuli scarab is the second piece donated to Cuba by the Germans, which is added to a vessel of Nagada Neolithic culture. The National Museum of Fine Arts features among its most important collections a sample of ancient art of Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. In particular the large galleries devoted to Egyptian art are ordered in a curatorial way, under two main thematic lines: life and death. The permanent exhibition features 113 pieces that do not cover the entire chronology of ancient Egyptian art. The thematic grouping offers visitors greater possibilities of communication and approach to this...

Unpublished diary reveals intimacies of Alejo Carpentier

A journal of Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier (Lausanne, Switzerland, 1904 - Paris, 1980), Cervantes P rize in 1977, was recently presented by the Foundation that bears his name. The center, in charge of custody of his work, chose last December 26 to launch the volume, the day in which it was celebrated the 109th anniversary of the birth of the renowned author. Carpentier, novelist, storyteller, musicologist and journalist, is one of the leading figures in the so-called literary "boom" that renewed Latin American literature panorama last century. He is also recognized as one of the fathers of the term "marvelous realism" and by his cultural thought. Alejo Carpentier´s Journal (1951-1957) reveals his anguish and concerns during the process of literary creation. It consists of 149 pages collecting the day to day of his stay in Venezuela, a stage that has been described by some scholars as "the most fruitful of his life" because there he wrote three of his great novels: The Lost Steps (1952), inspired in the Venezuelan geography, Harassment (1956) and The Age of Enlightenment, completed in 1958. The author of the prologue, Armando Raggi, explained that the text discovers Carpentier´s "tortuous" creative process, his publishing difficulties, periods...

Bazar, Los Carpinteros´ next exhibition

The exhibition agenda for 2014 of Los Carpinteros , reknown representatives of Cuban visual arts, is already full of commitments. One of the most immediate is the exhibition "Bazar", to be held in Madrid’s Ivorypress Gallery from February 18, 2014. The Cuban duo, who exposes for a second time in the space, will present on this occasion a number of pieces of small and medium format accompanied by three videos, a novelty in the work of the artists. Bazar announces a pleasing visual surprises substantiated in a change in concerns of the artists around the human figure, whether of physiological, ideological or consumption order. Los Carpinteros´ work encloses an anthropological perspective, pointing organic and symbolic processes . Since their beginnings to the present they have questioned the functionality and implementation of architecture, furniture and design. This will be the first time they will use video pieces as the backbone of an exhibition. Three films will be displayed in the exhibition that will serve as guide. One of them is titled Conga Irreversible and documents the performance of the same name made by the duo during the 11th Havana Biennial, in 2012. It involves hundreds of collaborators in addition to the...

Oscar 2014: Spanish-speaking films left out of the nominations

The proposals in Spanish from Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Spain, were not among the nine finalists for the esteemed award. The films selected for the Spanish speaking countries to qualify for the foreign language at the Oscar’s 86th edition have been left out of the race for the statue and didn’t make it past the first cut of finalists, as published by the Academy Awards. The institution that gives the awards every year unveiled the list of nine films from which they will choose the names of the five nominees on 16 January. The movies chosen were: Germany, Two Lives, (Zwei Leben, Georg Maas) Belgium, Alabama Monroe (The Broken Circle Breakdown, (Felix van Groeningen) Bosnia – Herzegovina, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, (Danis Tanović) Cambodia, The Missing Picture (L’image manquante, Rithy Panh) Denmark, The Hunt, (Jagten, Thomas Vinterberg) Italy, La grande belleza, (Paolo Sorrentino) Hong Kong, The Grandmaster (Wong Kar-wai) Hungary, The Notebook, (A nagy fuste, Le Grand Cahier, de János Szász) Palestina, Omar (Haby Abu-Assad) Eliminated from the contest , which was attended initially by 76 films, were ten proposals in Spanish Argentina ( German physician, Lucia Puenzo...

“Herejes”, by Leonardo Padura, among the most sold books in 2013

At the end of the year, the bookstores and literary magazines begin to make their charts. This 2013 in Spain, Leonardo Padura, has garnered millions of readers with the novel " Herejes". Two compelling themes form the plot: the Jewish universe and Rembrandt painting.  The writer Leonardo Padura (Havana, 1955) is one of the most interesting and international current Spanish language authors. If "The man who loved dogs," that recreation of the biographies of Leon Trotsky and his murderer Ramón Mercader, left thousands speechless, the adventures of a Rembrandt painting that he now tells in his new novel, "Herejes" arouse admiration again.  In " Herejes" the reader will find a narrative in three stages: 17th century when Rembrandt painted Head of Christ and the work is acquired by the Kaminsky family; 20th century when three descendants of that family flee from Nazi Germany taking the paint with them in Saint Louis vessel along with more than nine hundred Jews bound for Havana.  In 1939, the S. S. Saint Louis spent several days anchored off Havana awaiting the refugees landing to be authorized. The boy Daniel Kaminsky and his uncle waited on the pier for their families to descend; confident that...

The power of your soul, new exhibition by Roberto Diago

The new solo exhibition by Cuban artist Roberto Diago is entitled "The power of your soul" and can be seen in the Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, from December 10 until January 11, 2014. The collection is the continuation of an earlier one dedicated to Obatala, Orisha of the Yoruba pantheon, representing purity, serenity and intelligence. The dimensions of the works and the play with the textures of the materials together with the richness of the white color are the main formal characteristics. There are pieces made from 1993 to the present that had not been shown before in Cuba. They are made from canvas, pieces of old wood and veneer metal drums, among other recycled materials. After four years away from the exhibition circuit in the capital, Diago reappears to deliver a reunion with his artistic career. His usual themes and the peculiar use of the materials return to the gallery, which incorporates new insights to plastics solutions, witnesses of a renewed creativity. This time the material speak for itself and the story is diluted therefore the relationship of the object space rules. In "The Power of Your Soul", the artist brings together a body of work which emphasizes...

American presence at Havana´s Film Festival

The 6th edition of the Industry Sector, within the framework of the 35th New Latin American Cinema International Festival, will be attended by several U.S. professionals including Bonnie Voland, IM GLOBAL Marketing and International Advertising Director, producer Mike Ryan, nominee to the Independent Spirit Award for "Producer of the Year" and Robert Kraft, musical composer and record producer, Fox Music Inc. CEO between 1994 and October 2012. The Festival Industry Sector section, aimed at contributing to the update , training, exchange and discussion among filmmakers, has this year special guests who will offer lectures and master classes. There are guests from South America, Europe and the United States. In the activities program released by the organizers of the film festival excel several names of professional filmmakers, producers and film distributers. The burden of new technologies in animation and audiovisual production stands out at the event. The experiences of Americans Bonnie Voland and Mike Ryan will be exhibited at the conference: " A guide to film marketing and publicity" and "Contemporary Independent Cinema: Changes and Challenges." IM GLOBAL, to which Bonnie Voland belongs to, is an American company for financing, sales and movie distribution based in Los Angeles, in its catalog...

Art with Afro-Cuban roots in New York

Among the extensive and varied calendar of events, concerts and exhibitions in the city of New York there is a particularly attractive one, the exhibition African Roots in the Cuban Art Space Gallery, Center for Cuban Studies. This group exhibition in the Chelsea district of Manhattan opened its doors last November at 231 West 29th Street 4, until January 11, 2014. The wide selection features 100 works by 20 Cuban artists of several generations that included in their discourse the legacy of the African roots of Cuban culture. You can see works of folk art and other pieces made by artists who are graduates of art academies. Among those shown are Choco , Manuel Mendive, Ibrahim Miranda, René Peña and Clara Morera, whose works are presented for the first time on this site. Rounding out the list are Carlos Caceres, Alazo , Alberto Casado, Fermin Fleites , Mederox , Alicia Leal, Montebravo , Cenia Gutierrez , Nicolas Lara, Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal , Fidel Reina, Elio Vilva Zuniga , Ileana Sánchez Hing and Joel Jover. This Cuban and religious touch to the New York Christmas comes through several demonstrations. Photographs, prints, paintings, drawings, crafts and fabric, wood, metal and ceramics meet....

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