Museum of Decorative Arts, 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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  • Just happened to find this in a guide book and thought we'd give it a try. So glad we did, it's amazing! The building alone is a beautiful piece of architecture, but the collection is superb! The plac...  more »
  • Under visited museum with a neat history Nd. Celle t collection. It wS once in private hands. The guides are quite good-try to get one to give you the tour. Forget the Title ladues keeping watch who d...  more »
  • Very beautiful building, if you are a little traveled to Europe, you will impress. Think to explore in Cuba there are more "national"
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  • Great museum with various works of art. Cuban collection was more interesting than the universal one. The restaurant is so so and the bathroom lacks water or paper (general issue in Cuba) so come prepared!
  • It is one of the most beautiful places in the capital. Has an incredible art collection coming from diferente ages and artist. It's a really awesome place to visit.
  • Houses a wide collection of old artworks from around the world. The more modern Cuban art collection is on display in another building a few blocks away on Trocadero y Agramonte.
  • Not really a big fan of art, but this museum was still quite interesting. :-)
  • A must see while you're in Havana. The collection is amazing and covers centuries of colonial and local art.