Sunday 29 March 2009

Chelsea visits Havana

Long-Bin Chen - The New Mount Rushmore (with Barack Obama)The Museo De Bellas Artes in Havana launched a surprise exhibition of contemporary art today: Chelsea visits Havana. That's not London's Chelsea, but New York's. This exhibition would have been unthinkable a while ago, because the USA was miffed when the corrupt Batista dictatorship fell to the Reds; then there was the Cuban missile crisis. The US arms embargo against Cuba became a trade embargo, which still exists. So, an art show by US artists in Havana is a hopeful sign that barriers between the two countries are coming down. Who to thank? Long-Bin Chen has no doubt. His sculpture The New Mount Rushmore adds Barack Obama to the familiar quartet of great US presidents.


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