One of largest exhibits of Cuban Art to premiere at Coral Gables Museum


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The Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., is set to host the local exhibit premiere of “Cuban Art in the 20th Century: Cultural Identity and the International Avant Garde” from Jan. 22 through Apr. 23.

The exhibit will be previewed by those attending the museum’s annual fundraiser, themed “Estrellas Cubanas,” on the evening of Jan. 21, during which the museum will honor Cuban architect Hilario Candela and Cuban art historian Juan Martínez for their cultural and educational contributions. Tickets may be purchased by phone or online.

The exhibit, which was initially presented by Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee in February 2016, showcases an historical progression of paintings, sculpture and mixed media from the Colonial, Republican and Post-Revolutionary periods of Cuban Art up to the present day. With more than 100 works featured, the assemblage brings forth one of the largest art historical compendiums of Cuban art shown in the United States, offering new insights into the relationship between Cuban culture and the rest of the world.

The exhibit is curated by Segundo Fernández, attorney, art collector and doctoral candidate in art history, with support from Peter Weishar, dean of FSU College of Fine Arts; Allys Palladino-Craig, director of the Museum of Fine Arts, FSU; Juan Martínez, professor emeritus of FIU, and Ramón Cernuda, art collector and director of Cernuda Arte.

Nearly 100 works from private collections in Florida have been organized and assembled to bring together some of the most recognizable names in Cuban art, including Carlos Alfonzo, Carlos Enríquez, Wifredo Lam, Manuel Mendive, José Mijares, Amelia Palaez, René Portocarrero, Leopoldo Romañach, and Tomás Sánchez.

A catalogue of the exhibition with essays by Juan Martinez, professor emeritus, Florida International University; Paul Niell, professor of Art History at Florida State University, and Segundo J. Fernandez, curator, doctoral candidate and attorney at law, will be available from the Museum Gift Shop by Books & Books during the exhibition.

This exhibit is made possible through support from corporations including Withers Transportation, American Airlines, TotalBank, Ytech International, ARHMF | Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP, Sharff, Wittmer, Kurtz, Jackson & Diaz, P.A., Bacardi USA, and Cernuda Arte; and individual donations from Ajit and Maria Alicia Asrani, Karelia Martinez Carbonell and Marino Carbonell, and Carol and Vincent Damian.

Coral Gables Museum is a 501(c)3 corporation and recipient of grants from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs, and the City of Coral Gables.

The Coral Gables Museum offers guided exhibit tours for schools at a cost of $5 per student. The museum offers a limited number of scholarships available and also participates in the Museum Education program with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, which allows art teachers to bring their class to the museum for free. Contact Angela Bolanos, School and Family Programs manager, at 305-603-8067 or for more information. Or visit

Guided exhibit tours in English and Spanish are available for groups of 10 or more adults at a cost of $10 per person. To schedule a tour in advance, call 305-603-8067 or send email to

Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m., and closed Monday.

Admission fees are adults, $10; seniors and students, $8; children, ages 3-12, $3, and members, free.

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2 Comments on "One of largest exhibits of Cuban Art to premiere at Coral Gables Museum"

  1. It is a great initiative to have the historic memory of the Cuban Art at Coral gables Museum. The actually and future generations can appreciate it.

    God bless you.

  2. Excuse me the error about the word Coral Gables.


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