05.07.2016 – 12.09.2016 / Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. / Thu: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
PAC: Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Via Palestro, 14. Milan, Italy.
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CUBA. Tatuare la storia
Curated by Diego Sileo and Giacomo Zaza
The PAC in Milan explores foreign cultures through contemporary art, drawing for the 2016 a guideline on Cuban art, both inside and outside the island, incorporating artists from different generations active from the 1970s onwards.
TATUAR LA HISTORIA (Tattooing History) means leaving a mark on a shared identity of Cuba, the metaphor itself for the meeting of cultures flowing into a Creole and tropical horizon, a “mirage” of an utopian but intrinsically contradictory world.
Each artist at the PAC exhibition will be a part of the journey towards Cuba, with its magnificence and its difficulties, its sound and furore, its cultural, linguistic and mythical issues, its ideological differences.
Starting from the historical performative nature of contemporary Cuban art, the exhibition will present a large selection of works and installations – some of them conceived for the PAC – of the most representative Cuban artists and the most up-and-coming artists of the new generation, a section dedicated to Lázaro Saavedra (National Prize of Plastic Arts 2014) and a tribute to the two most influential Cuban artists, Ana Mendieta and Félix González-Torres. The exhibition will extend into MUDEC, the Museum of Cultures in Milan, with a site-specific installation by the artist Eduardo Ponjuán (National Prize of Plastic Arts 2013).