The New York Times recently referenced Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century – an original exhibition developed by the Florida State University College of Fine Arts – in an article about how museums can affect the art market.
Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century was first exhibited at the FSU Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA) in February 2016, where it drew MoFA’s largest crowds to date and received international attention for being the largest and most important exhibition of Cuban Art in the U.S. since 1944 when the Museum of Modern Art in New York exhibited Modern Cuban Painters.
This MoFA original exhibition, which offers an art historical survey of Cuban art from the colonial period to the present, will be remounted in its entirety at the Coral Gables Museum in January 2017. Expected to draw even larger crowds because of the museum’s location within South Florida’s Cuban émigré community, the recent New York Times article discusses how art collectors and gallerists in Miami are preparing for a surge in interest – and prices – of Cuban art once the exhibition opens. According to the article, “a museum’s seal of approval” can have a profound impact on the status of an artist’s work.
The article also references Ramón Cernuda, a renowned Cuban art collector and dealer in Miami who has loaned seven paintings for the traveling retrospective on Wifredo Lam, an exhibition that opened last year at the Pompidou museum in Paris and is currently on view at the Tate Modern in London. The article also mentions the dozens of works he has on loan to the museum at Florida State University for the Cuban Art in the Twentieth Century exhibition.
The College of Fine Arts at Florida State University is proud to be a participant in the global conversation regarding the impact of important museum exhibitions.