Over these warm spring days, thousands of Cubans and foreign tourists have been delighted by the spectacular performances, sculptures, murals and installations which have overtaken a section of the emblematic Havana Malecon – from Parque Maceo to La Punta – for a second time. Through June 22, these works, part of the 12th Havana Biennial’s parallel exhibition, Detrás del muro (Behind the wall), arebringing art closer to the public.
As part of the project, more than 60 artists have transformed this busy stretch of the Cuban capital from top to bottom in the name of art, with more than 500 works and performances intended to promote dialogue and interaction with the public.
Art which attempts to seduce, amuse and engage with children and adults alike, both within and outside their neighborhoods.
Detrás del Muro proposes to “transform the Malecon into a great event, bringing together all artistic manifestations, as well as generating an encounter and dialogue: for art to converse with the public, with the future,” explained expert Juan Delgado Calzadilla, curator of the collective exhibition featuring artists from Cuba, the United States, Mexico, Spain, Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Morocco and Germany, among others.
There spectators can find projects as engaging and original as an artificial beach with sun loungers and shades, entitled Resaca, by Arles del Río; the giant sculpture Primavera (a woman’s face) by Rafael M. San Juan; a huge reproduction of the Facebook “Like” icon, (Sweet Emotion), by Alexander Guerra; U.S. artist Duke Riley’s “ice” rink; or an enormous cake being devoured by tongues, by the collective Stainless.
Also sparking great interest and curiosity are works such as Delicatessen, by Roberto Fabelo; Mi energía y yo by Manuel Mendive; Balance cubano, by Inti Hernández; and Cubo azul, by Rachel Valdés, which encourage viewers to reflect on contemporary art and its impact on a globalized and unequal world.
This colossal project on the Havana Malecon has been organically integrated into the Biennial, which has transformed the capital into a vast open air gallery (thanks to the participation of over 1,000 artists from 42 countries), and a great celebration of the senses, beauty and skill; remaining true to its essence: to defend the value of art as human heritage.