A Piece of Cuba in Panama

Panama, Casco Viejo, Casco Antiguo

Casasola´s new art exhibition transports you to Cuba back in the 40´s.  They define it as a multisensorial experience, to understand Cuban life at the time by walking into a whole environment. Welcome to the Revolutionary Life and Work of Venancio Díaz Maique, el Maestro de la Leica.

Venancio Díaz Maique, was one of Cuba´s most important photographers.  During his 20 years as a photographer for the magazine Bohemia, he documented some of Cuba´s most important moments. His access to important people of the time, gave him the opportunity to photograph (most of them unpublished) them behind the scenes and on the scene. From Fidel Castro to Omar Torrijos, he had a prolific carreer.

Now, an important part of his collection is showing at Casasola, Casco Viejo.  Walls feature Venancio´s work, which will be up for 6 months. In September they´ll be part of a circuit including Panama´s Contemporary Art Museum. A second round of photographs will be shown.

For those interested in Cuban life and art, this is a great show. You can also schedule a private visit, either Miguel or the owner of the collection are available and can share with you stories behind each photograph.  Since I love ballet, the owner showed me the original negatives of fantastic Alicia Alonso photos during rehearsals. And then, of course, there are the more political ones. Photos showing the moment when they collected all the American pennies to exchange them for the local currency. With today´s historic perspective… you can´t miss it!

Where: Plaza Francia, next to Dodo

When: Mondays to Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Email to schedule a private visit: info@casasola.cc

Casasola cuarto revelado  cuban venancio cigars IMG_1983 Mikie y Miguel portada

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