Havana Biennial 2015

Havana Biennial 2015

12th Biennial Exhibition of Havana

After a month of action, the Biennial Exhibition of Havana comes to an end. What was experienced in the communities has placed this Exhibition among the most controversial ones of the last years.

The artist Alexis Leiva Machado (Kcho)

This is not a collateral project -explains artist Alexis Leiva Machado (Kcho)-, this is my project for the Biennial Exhibition. 

Wild Noise

One of the exhibits most anticipated by experts during the Biennial Exhibition of Havana is Ruido Salvaje (Wild Noise), made of pieces brought from the Bronx Museum of Arts. The exhibit is on display at the Building for Universal Art, of the National Museum of Fine Arts, and is part of a joint project carried out by both institutions. 

The Havana sea wall is full with works in different formats

Collateral exhibition Behind the Wall is among the most visited ones. Two very important city elements come together in this project: the sea wall, and the sea.

La Cabaña is the ideal venue for art

The collateral exhibit "Duty-Free Zone," located at fortress San Carlos de la Cabaña is among the largest ones of the 12th Biennial Exhibition of Havana.

MOR’s poster

The Organic Museum at Romerillo (MOR) is Kcho's proposal in the context of the Biennial Exhibition of Havana. He wants his work to transcend the time boundaries of the Biennial Exhibition to become a permanent exhibition.

The bicitaxis circulated in front of the Carlos III supermarket

The sonorous intervention "Trip psyclos in march" has been among the most striking ones of the 12th Biennial Exhibition of Havana. Created by one Cuban, one Italian, and one Brazilian artist, it involves having 6 bicitaxis circulate along the important Carlos III avenue, equipped with little speakers that emit characteristic sounds.

The ice rink is about 8 meters long by 4 meters wide

One of the most anticipated projects of the 12th Biennial Exhibition of Havana is the ice rink, by American artist Duke Riley.

Verónica Guerra Guerra (Veronik)

The inauguration of the collateral exhibition Ecos Callajeros (Street Echoes), led by Verónica Guerra, has contributed to strengthen the work of this young artist.

In the foreground, Open Piece, by Ariel Schilensinger. The flame will remain lit up the entire month the exhibition will be in place.

The exhibition "Mountains with a broken corner" is located in the once bicycle factory Claudio Argüelles, in the intersection of streets Línea and 18, in El Vedado.

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