Palacio de Bellas Artes, Havana

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The National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana in Havana, Cuba is a museum of Fine Arts that exhibits Cuban art collections from the colonial times up to contemporary generations.HistoryIt was founded on February 23, 1913 due to the efforts of its first director, Emilio Heredia, a well-known architect. After frequent moves it was finally placed on the block once occupied by the old Colon Market. In 1954, a new Palacio of Bellas Artes was opened, designed by the architect Rodriguez Pichardo. The original 1954 Palacio was recently reconstructed by the architect Jose Linares and a second building was taken over for the Museum.OverviewThere are now two impressive buildings belonging to the Museum, one dedicated to Cuban Arts in the Palacio de Bellas Artes and one dedicated to the Universal Arts, in the Palacio del Centro Asturiano .The Palacio de Bellas Artes is dedicated exclusively to housing Cuba Art collections. Spanning the 17th and 19th centuries has rooms devoted to landscape, religious subjects and the Costumbrismo narrative scenes of Cuban life. Gallery devoted to the 1970s is marked by a preponderance of Hyperrealism and the latest generation of Cuban artists whose works all reflect the strong symbolic imagery that has been prevalent in recent decades. The most notable works are those of René Portocarrero and Wifredo Lam. A modernist sculpture by noted Cuban artist Rita Lonja stands outside the main entrance.
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  • There are two Bellas Artes Museums, and they are close but not at all next to one another. The Cuban Art is in a modern building that is next door to the Museum of the Revolution. The collection was.....  more »
  • I visited the Palacio de Bellas Artes with a group tour in December. The museum is wonderfully set up with plenty of room to walk around and sit if needed. The art itself is beyond amazing...  more »
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  • A well decorated and huge enough museum where you can see many paintings and sculptures from Cubans' artists. There are some paintings and sculptures from the rest of the world too. The entrance price is 5CUC per person. They do not allow you to have your backpack with you during the tour so you can leave it for free to a lady next to the entrance. It is closed on Mondays.
  • Just alot of great art in a lovely space. A nice escape from the intensity of havana.

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