01.03.2013 - UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

UNESCO Havana supports the 12th International Art Deco Congress

The UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, located in Havana, is supporting the 12th World Art Deco Congress. In 2013 this event will take place in the Cuban capital from 14 to 21 March, and is being organised by the Cuba's National Cultural Heritage Council (CNPC), (CNPC: Consejo Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural) and the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies (ICADS).

The Congress will bring together many members of ICADS dedicated to the study, conservation and promotion of this style, coming from various nations of North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Oceania to exchange views in relation to this interesting topic.

In recognition of the event, Havana will host a Semana Art Deco (Art Deco Week), specially demonstrating the legacy of this artistic movement in Cuba. In this context a series of cultural activities will take place, including museum visits, book launches, screenings of films from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and exhibitions of art and posters.

As well as the World Heritage Site "Old Havana and its fortifications", Havana also possesses an interesting sample of Art Deco, not just in the historic centre but also in other neighbourhoods. This style is expressed through buildings, objects and collections that demonstrate its strong impact in various artistic fields and various social groups in Cuba. Art Deco is also found in many works within other cities and towns, and so the programme of the Congress also anticipates visits to buildings that are representative of this artistic style not just in Havana but also in Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba.

The Congress will enable the country's heritage to be appreciated, and will contribute to the design of strategies for the safeguarding and restoration of buildings, works and collections of this style. Art Deco served as a transition to the modernist movement, and left an important body of work, mainly from the first half of the 20th century. It now appeals to many architects, collectors and lovers of art.

Programme of Art Deco Week (SPANISH)

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