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From Jovellanos: looks at the contemporary art

Gloria Machado León 18 julio, 2017
On July 26th, 1989, the Uver Solís art gallery was opened to the public after an important restoration process. The place was part of the old Spanish Casino and later occupied several functions as a winery, tobacco shop and bar.

The first plastic art exhibition hall was in the Domingo Mujica municipal museum, which opened in 1982 as a museum-gallery. There were basically exhibited works made by children. Years later a local was installed in the Municipal House of Culture Manuel Navarro Luna.

In salute to the historical date in which the assault on the Moncada Barracks was perpetrated, this site was inaugurated, aimed at promoting the best of the visual arts and culture in general, both in the territory itself, as well as in Cuba and abroad.

In 1990, among the exhibitions held in the gallery, that of the talented Jovellanese artist Uver Solís, with works lent by the National Museum of Fine Arts. From this fact the institution adopts the name of the important creator.

It is worth mentioning that every two years the Jovellanense gallery develops the municipal hall that alternates with the Provincial Hall of Artistic Ceramics Tierra Virgen, inaugurated in 1999, a fact that has managed to gather important Matanzas ceramists. Other important events that take place in its rooms annually are the provincial events of Photography Luis Daguer and the one of Plastic Arts Uver Solís.

Over the years the constant contributions of artists such as Geladys Pérez, a Belgian-born Jovellanenese, and Ariel Balmaseda, head of the Decorarte cooperative, have been maintained, mainly used for the maintenance of the premises, the location of their lights and painting.

Original text by on July 18th, 2017

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