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Saturday 13 June 2015

Bienal de La Habana (El Malecon) Havana

                   As I had said in a previous post, the Bienal of Havana (art exhibition) was everywhere in the city of Havana, in this case along the Malecon. I have never pretended to know anything about art. You can splash some paint on a wall and if the colours appeal to me I'll like it but the Bienal attracts some pretty off the wall kind of stuff. A lot of that weird stuff that I don't get, I won't even take a picture an old European military uniform in a pile encased in a see through plastic case (what does that mean??), it doesn't do anything for me. However, some other crazy stuff like the Cold Corner (Esquina Fria del Malecon) that simulates a skating rink I thought was pretty cool (no pun intended). The media was talking like it really was an outdoor skating rink in the middle of Havana....and as you approached it, it actually did look like ice. However, when you got up close you could see that it was plastic. They rented out skates and people actually skated on it but the day I went to take a look nobody was giving it a try. Another exhibit I didn't get were the Lifeguard lookout perches (I didn't photograph them). What did they mean?? You couldn't see the ocean any better than if you were looking over the Malecon wall. The Sultans tent was a little rediculous as well and myself, along with everyone else, took a peek inside to see what more there was to it (nothing). The piece that many were talking about was the enormous head of a woman that I believe was made from copper or bronze, stunning. The most popular, no matter what time of day or night, rain or sunshine, there were at least a couple of people using it. If it was a beautiful day, you couldn't find an empty spot. It was the beach that had been transplanted on a piece of the Malecon, along with palm trees, sand, umbrellas and beach chairs.
                   In conclusion, I repeat, I know nothing about art but there was something for everyone here on the Malecon. By itself, the Malecon is a wonderful place to take a stroll but with this added entertainment it made it a little more special. I heard they were going to keep the Ice Rink even after the Bienal was over.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you..... Art is in the eye of the beholder. Cool pics though👌🏼😎🎨