03.05.2013 - UNESCO Havana/ Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

Cuban National Fine Arts Museum celebrates its first one hundred years

The Cuban National Fine Arts Museum celebrated the arrival of its first century with a broad commemorative programme. The celebration took place under the auspices of the UNESCO Regional Office of Culture for Latin America and the Caribbean. The Director of the Office, Mr Herman van Hooff, spoke at the closing ceremony of the international event within the context of the institution’s centenary celebrations.

“Exchange, diversity and cooperation. Perhaps these terms reflect the excellent collaboration between the Fine Arts Museum and UNESCO”, said Mr van Hooff. He emphasised that the commemoration is one of the internationally significant events with which UNESCO is formally associated, in recognition of the commitment of this prestigious institution to the ideals and mission of UNESCO.

Founded on 28 April 1913, the Museum holds valuable collections of Cuban and universal art, featuring exponents of a wide variety of styles and schools, from antiquity until the present day. Two superb buildings in the historic centre of the Cuban capital house the works, dedicated to Cuban art and universal art, respectively. Together with the richness of its holdings, the variety of cultural education and promotional activities carried out by the Museum have given a permanent vital breathe to the installations, which have been the site of memorable events, including the granting of the Fernando Ortiz International Prize to the UNESCO Havana Office in January of 2011.

Speech of Mr Herman van Hooff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean, at the closing of the international event for the centenary of the museum (AVAILABLE ONLY IN SPANISH)

Programme of the international event for the centenary of the museum (AVAILABLE ONLY IN SPANISH)

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