The rum diaries: Belgian artists in Cuba

That Belgian art is hot has been known for a while now in the international art world. Even Havana’s people could attest to that with their own eyes, as the exhibition The Importance of Being… just opened there in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Uniting 40 world-class artists including Michaël Borremans, Wim Delvoye, Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François, the show will afterwards travel to Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Our point man on the field, Sam Steverlynck, flew over for the opening together with a dozen or so artists to capture the mood on the ground with one of our office throwaway camera. Think bucket-loads of good art, rivers of mojito’s and the occasional artistic squabble, settled with a fistfight. Papa Hemmingway would surely have been proud.

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A fellow Cuban journalist in the front and curator Sara Alonso Gomez and organiser Bruno Devos in the back

All the artists

All the exhibiting artists

Angel Vergara

Angel Vergara

Edificio Barcardi

Edificio Barcardi

Guillaume Bijl and Charif Benhelima

Guillaume Bijl and Charif Benhelima

Guillaume Bijl leading the way

Guillaume Bijl leading the way

Guillaume Bijl with cars

Guillaume Bijl and cars

Guillaume Bijl’s Voting Booth Museum

Guillaume Bijl’s Voting Booth Museum

Installing Kendell Geers

Installing Kendell Geers

installing the show

Installing the show

Joe le taxi

Joe le taxi

Koen van den Broek_pool Hotel Rivièra

Koen van den Broek at Hotel Rivièra

Koen van den Broek

Koen van den Broek

Michael Borremans

Michael Borremans

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Habana

Peter de Cupere and fans

Peter de Cupere and fans

Peter de Cupere

Peter de Cupere

Walter Swennen

Walter Swennen