The Bronx and Havana trade artwork

As relations between the US and Cuba are becoming friendlier, The New York Times reports an exchange of artworks between The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York and the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana that will occur over the next year. From May 21-August 16, at least 80 works from the Bronx will be transferred to the Cuban museum―just in time for the 12th Havana Biennial― and in the fall of 2016, over 100 works from the National Museum of Fine Arts will make their way up to the Bronx.

The trade was already being discussed before diplomatic relations grew lighter, but news of the arrangement is exciting nonetheless. This certainly isn’t the first time Cuban artists will be featured at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, but it is the first time in nearly 50 years that such a large exchange of museum art between two countries will occur. Corina Matamoros, a curator at the National Museum of Fine Arts said, “I want to be absolutely clear that because we’ve been so isolated for the last 50 years, I really don’t think the United States knows much at all about Cuban art. I think this art, which spans from the ’60s until now, is all going to be a revelation.”

The exhibitions in Cuba and the US will both be titled, “Wild Noise” (in reference to a Victor Hugo poem). The work brought to the Bronx is likely to include pieces by Antonia Eiríz Vázquez, Raúl Martínez, and Alfredo Sosabravo. Based on the works from just these three artists, it seems there’s a lot to look forward to and we can almost feel that revelation coming on.

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