PISTOLETTO HAS A CASTLE IN HA­VA­NA

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Mic­he­lan­ge­lo Pistoletto has got us used to the­se things. In De­cem­ber 2014 -coin­ci­ding, unin­ten­ti­o­nally, with the res­to­ra­ti­on of di­plo­ma­tic re­la­ti­ons betwe­en Cu­ba and the Uni­ted Sta­tes– he pre­sen­ted at the mouth of the Al­men­da­res Ri­ver his per­for­man­ce «Third pa­ra­di­se... Con­ti­nu­ous». On April 30, 2015, he inau­gu­ra­ted in Ha­va­na the he­ad­quar­ters of the Em­bassy in Cu­ba of the Re­birth/third Pa­ra­di­se/con­ti­nu­ous Art pro­ject. On May 12, 2016, his bo­ok Om­nit­he­ism and De­mo­cracy was pre­sen­ted. So, ye­ar after ye­ar, pro­ject after pro­ject...

Now he showed up with anot­her one of his: to take by storm an old castle of Ha­va­na city, cur­rently for­got­ten, an in­cre­di­ble cons­truc­ti­on in the midd­le of the den­se ve­ge­ta­ti­on of Ha­va­na´s Me­tro­po­li­tan Park, to pre­sent the ex­hi­bi­ti­on Third pa­ra­di­se, a la­bo­ra­tory of res­pon­si­ble art, along with Ju­an San­do­val and Alejandro Vás­quez (from El­pu­en­te_­lab), Ma­ri­an­ge­la Apon­te, Sa­vi­na Tar­si­ta­no (from the Kid's Gu­er­ni­ca Pro­ject), Ju­an Car­los Ro­drí­guez, By­rom Co­to and Ray­ner Pan­to­ja.

The ex­hi­bi­ti­on is the con­ti­nu­a­ti­on of the Third Pa­ra­di­se pro­ject and was in­ser­ted in the wi­de pro­gram of the Ita­li­an Cul­tu­re Day in Cu­ba. Loyal to his aest­he­tic postu­la­tes, the Ita­li­an ar­tist pre­sen­ted at the Gran Te­a­tro de La Ha­ba­na Ali­cia Alon­so the Re­birth Fo­rum «Ge­o­graphy of trans­for­ma­ti­on», par­ti­ci­pa­ted in the ex­hi­bi­ti­on The in­vi­si­ble ci­ti­es in the he­ad­quar­ters of the Uni­ón de Ar­qui­tec­tos e In­ge­ni­e­ros de la Cons­truc­ci­ón de Cu­ba (Uni­on of Arc­hi­tects and Cons­truc­ti­on En­gi­ne­ers of Cu­ba,) and de­mons­tra­ted on­ce again his im­men­se pas­si­on for the Is­land when he do­na­ted his work Thir­te­en less One to the Na­ti­o­nal Mu­se­um of Fi­ne Arts.

Tho­se of us who at­ten­ded his ant­ho­lo­gi­cal per­so­nal ex­hi­bi­ti­on at the he­ad­quar­ters of the Uni­ver­sal Art Buil­ding of the Na­ti­o­nal Mu­se­um of Fi­ne Arts in Ha­va­na, re­mem­ber the in­ten­se emo­ti­on of being par­takers of a sin­gu­lar event: hun­dreds of pe­o­ple pre­sent, with a sui ge­ne­ris com­pli­city, as was shown when all, in one way or anot­her, wan­ted to roll their hu­ge ball of pa­per down the pa­ve­ment of Par­que Cen­tral. Now he has cast his eye on an aban­do­ned castle in so­me no less aban­do­ned Jar­di­nes de La Tro­pi­cal in the Cuban ca­pi­tal... he must be up to so­met­hing!

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