Oswaldo Guayasamin Museum House Museums, Havana . Cuba
- Obrapia No. 111 e/ Oficios y Mercaderes, Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
- Open: Daily
- Telephone: (537) 8613843
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The House-museum Oswaldo Guayasamín has three permanent expositions to honour and preserve the memory of this painter of Ecuador and Latin America.
It exhibits personal objects of the artist, and pieces of the popular Latin American art, as well as object of the 19th century.
The institution was inaugurated in January 18th, 1992, with the noble effort of the painter along with the Office of the Historian of Havana. The restoration of the important building, placed downtown Old Havana, revived the splendour of the Peñalver's huge mansion built in the 18th century.
In this process of restoration were found murals whose archaeological richness is a treasure of the Cuban colonial architecture. An estimate of its value is credited by the relevant Cuban painter José Nicolás de la Escalera. One of the rooms in the first floor has multiple purposes. It has transitory exhibitions of national and foreign artist, conferences and video displays about the life and work of the Ecuadorian painter, as well as the commemoration of historical national feasts in Ecuador.
Other galleries have transitory expositions of diverse forms of art from Cuba and the world.
A shop is placed in ground floor of the House"Museum Oswaldo Guayasamín to commercialized typical objects from Ecuador. Born in Quito, capital of Ecuador, in July 6th, 1919, Guayasamin obtained all the national awards of his country during his youth. It had, at the age of 33 years old, in 1952, the Prix of the Biennale of Spain and later on the Prix in the Biennale of Sao Paulo.
He made 180 personal expositions and his production was very fructiferous in paints, murals, sculptures and monuments.
His work was exhibited in almost all the museums of the American capital and in many countries in Europe. He worked in his master piece Men's Chapel, a work of a great humanist sense and denouncing the injustice and violence of the 20th century, up to the moment of his decease in March 10th, 1999
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Oswaldo Guayasamin Museum House is located in Havana
Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.
The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.
The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.
Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.
Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.
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