Picasso in Cuba, Now

A donation of paintings by Picasso to Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts, on display, starting today, in Holguín, within the context of Romerías de Mayo.

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2010-05-11

Radio Angulo

A donation of paintings by Picasso to Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts, on display, starting today, in Holguín, within the context of Romerías de Mayo.

Monday night, when the Sala Pequeña in the Holguín Art Center is opened, the exhibition Imaginary Portraits, by the genius Pablo Picasso, will have materialized one of the most beautiful love stories of these times: that of Mr. Gilbert Brownstone with Cuba.

One asks how did this passion emerge and Brownstone remains thoughtful, choosing his words, and saying that it’s as if a very, very beautiful woman had approached him to say hello and that was enough to arrive at friendship and love.

Accompanying Brownstone is also Moraima Clavijo Colon, director of the National Museum of Fine Arts, who can tell us in minutes about what this exclusive event consists of that people in Holguín will be able to enjoy during the week of Romerías.

-How did this idea emerge of bringing this very special donation to Holguín?

-Actually, one has to first say that within the entire collection of pictorial works that Gilbert Brownstone has donated to Cuba, these 29 portraits by Pablo Picasso, which are going to be the scoop of the exhibition of his latest donation, stand out. The donation took place in January this year and was received by Ricardo Alarcón, president of the Cuban Parliament, because Brownstone makes the donation precisely to the Cuban people, only that the National Museum of Fine Arts is the repository of the nation’s plastic arts heritage. This collection is going to be exhibited for the first time in the world and in Cuba, here in the Holguín Art Center, within the Romerías de Mayo.

-How would you characterize the collection that Cuba received?

-The collection that he has donated to Cuba has over one hundred works, graphic works of the great masters of twentieth century plastic art, with an emphasis on the second half of the century. That is to say, pop art was already here. Mr. Brownstone is a humanist and an art collector. He has made this collection that he has partially donated to the Cuban people, since he has always made clear that all his donations may be completed in the future, with more authors and pieces.

-So, Holguín, becoming for these days a city of young art, is an ideal place for exhibiting Picasso?

-I think that one way to begin to work with this donation and give it the social resonance that it deserves, is to exhibit it here, in Holguín, in the Romerías de Mayo, outside the Cuban capital. And I like it like that, to remove any sign of elitism with regard to this.

Undoubtedly, this act with Picasso’s original works in the Romerías de Mayo speaks of the social and humanitarian inclination of the Brownstone Foundation, as well as of his ability to promote art and culture.

According to experts who have seen these portraits, Pablo Picasso painted them while studying the work of Velázquez, so the sample has an added value: that of discovering how a genius of the plastic arts conversed with himself, while assimilating the legacy of another great artist of universal art.

*Translated by Susana Hurlich

URL for the article: http://www.cubadebate.cu/noticias/2010/05/03/exponen-originales-de-picas...

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