BYE BYE BIENNALE
Well, it’s all over bar shouting “Felicidades, La Habana! “(Congratulations, Havana!). As I write the 12th Havana Art Biennale is slowly being dismantled, officially ending tomorrow, June 22nd. It’s been a joyous, if exhausting, month-long extravaganza of gallery, museum, public space and private house stopovers: sometimes chaotic and exasperating, more often simply inspirational. Here are a few of the highlights and delights for those of you who couldn’t be here.
A man-made beach captures public imagination
The ingenious stretch of beach (above) particularly caught the Cuban public’s imagination and transformed a small section of the normally rather bleak, concrete Malecon (Havana´s promenade) into a very popular and fun hang-out place for local people their families. An aide memoire (below, left) of our digitally-dependent and obsessive world by celebrated Cuban collective The Merger left many uncomfortable.
A room full of diverse work by the wonderful Alexandre Arrechea filled part of one floor of inspired curating at the Bellas Artes Museum (Contemporary, not Universal building), and this lovely, colourful, acrylic necklace (below) is part of an ongoing exhibition at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC).
What can I say? Don’t miss this great event next time round – very hopefully in 2017.