Wifredo Lam: The Spirit of Creation

July 06, 2015

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The exhibition “Wifredo Lam: the spirit of creation from 1939 to 1976” offers a retrospective look at the work of the most universal Cuban artist, since his stay in Paris between 1938 and 1940 – the city where he meets Picasso and Breton – and its decisive passage through Havana in the 1940s, the indelible mark of Haitian culture, even the most intimate works made as writer between 1950 and 1970. The exhibition emphasizes the experimental nature of the work of Lam, the progressive development through different stages, their close relationship with marginalized cultures and poetic transposition that performs these cultures in his paintings from his absolute mastery of Cubism and Surrealism. At the exhibition we can also found the presence of the myths linked to Afro-Caribbean religions performing such an important role in his painting, as well as the close relationship that his graphic work has with texts from important poets and writers linked to European surrealism or the US realism. Like the French Gherasim Luca, Dominique Agostini, José Pierre and the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez. All the works of exhibition belongs to the National Museum of Fine Arts of Cuba.


  • Curitiba 06.02 to 09.18.2015 – Museu Oscar Niemeyer
  • São Paulo 03.23 to 05.01.2016 – Memorial da América Latina



  • Roberto Cobas
  • Rodolfo de Athayde
  • general direction

  • Rodolfo de Athayde
  • general coordination

  • Ania Rodríguez
  • project management

  • Jennifer McLaughlin
  • set production

  • Karen Ituarte
  • Executive Assistant

  • Daniele Oliveira
  • finance

  • Lisiany Mayão