Where to see art in Havana
Havana’s art scene is sizzling hot. Avant-garde artists and show-stopping creatives are filling government-run galleries and running their own independent studios. One of the best ways to get the insider scoop on the Havana art scene is on a tour with curator and guide Sussette Martínez. Alternatively, tap in to Cuban art trends by visiting the city during the Bienal, Havana’s biennial – but now triennial – art fair (next unveiling May 2015).
Top city billing goes to the Museo de Bellas Artes, the fine arts museum for its Cuban art collection dating back to the 19th century. Another Old City highlight is the converted paper factory, Factoría Habana (no website), showcasing rotating exhibitions of top artists. In Vedado, head to Galería Habana (no website), Havana’s leading showcase for star Cuban artists, and the small Galería Villa Manuela. Fábrica de Arte Cubano is promoting emerging artists as well as established creatives. Havana artists also open their studios by appointment.
Top of the hot list are the studio of leading avant-garde artist Esterio Segura; the Vedado bunker of the Capote Brothers; the Art Laboratory Kcho Estudio Romerillo, exhibiting the works of Cuba’s most famous contemporary artist, Kcho; the cavernous warehouse studio of multimedia artists Marlys Fuego and William Pérez (no website); and the home-studio of painter Alan Manuel (no website) on Havana’s highest hilltop.
Emerging artists’ studios can also be visited: head to female arts collective 7 y 60, and 3/31 Art Space (no website) where the works of interiors photographer Adrian Fernández, the exquisite delicate landscape drawings of Frank Mujica and the watercolours of Alex Hernández can be seen.
Sussette Martínez +53 (0)535 258 5678. Half-day art tour: CUC$40 per person. One-day art tour: CUC$60 per person. Transport is not included for the tours.
Museo de Bellas Artes Calle Trocadero between Calles Zulueta and Monserrate, La Habana Vieja. +53 7 861 0241. Tues–Sat, 9am–5pm; Sun, 10am-2pm.
Factoría Habana Calle O’Reilly no.308 between Calles Habana and Aguiar, La Habana Vieja. +53 7 86 49518. Tues-Sat, 9.30am-Sat; Sun, 9.30am-1pm.
Galería Habana Calle Línea no.460 between Calles E and F, Vedado. +53 7 832 7101. Mon-Fri, 8.30am-5pm.
Galería Villa Manuela Calle H no.406 between Calles 17 and 19, Vedado. +53 7 832 23 91. Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm.
Esterio Segura Studio Calzada del Cerro no.1313, corner of Calle Carvajal, Cerro. + 53 7 870 5431. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, by appointment.
CapoteStudio (El Bunker) Calle 23 no.1355 between Calles 18 and 20, Vedado. +53 7 833 0018. Open by appointment.
Kcho Estudio RomerilloAv 7ma corner of Calle 120, Playa. +53 7 208 0966. Open by appointment.
William Pérez and Marlys Fuego Estudio Alcázar, Calle Reina no.210 Bajos corner of Calle Manrique. Centro Habana. +53 (0) 5325 5524. Open by appointment.
Alan Manuel Calle San Carlos no.34, first floor, between Calles Morell and Alfredo Zayas, Loma de Chaple, Santos Suárez. +53 7 640 2104. Open by appointment.
7 y 60 Av 7ma and Calle 60, Miramar. Open by appointment.
3/31 Art Space Calle 31 corner of Calle 34, Playa. +53 7 202 3749. Open by appointment.