Cuba Culture

Louise Bourgeois displays US art in Havana

Posted February 08, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Culture.


Sculptures and prints by Louise Bourgeois, including her monumental “Maman” spider, went on show in Havana this weekend in the first major exhibition in Cuba by a contemporary U.S. artist.

A U.S.-based organizer said he was surprised last year to obtain a U.S. Treasury Department license to hold the show in Communist-run Cuba in the current hostile political climate between the two countries.

The 20 sculptures and 11 prints from Bourgeois’ private collection, insured for $15 million, had to be shipped to Cuba through Canada due to four-decade-old U.S. sanctions that have been tightened by the administration of President Bush.

“We thought it was really important to make this work available and show that cultural projects can continue and transcend whatever political conditions exist,” said Philip Larratt-Smith, Bourgeois’ archivist and co-curator of the show called “One and Others.”

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