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Bernado Medina (BeMe): Lucky Love

On December 5th, the esteemed self-taught artist, designer, and creative director in advertising will unveil his seminal work, 'The Sofrito Manifesto', at the Aldo Menéndez Hall of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas. He will also personally present his individual exhibition, 'Lucky Love'.

Presented by Jorge Rodriguez Diez (R10)

December 5th, 2023 - January 5th, 2024

Within the esteemed milieu of Art Basel, the illustrious Bernardo Medina, known professionally as BeMe, will grace the Aldo Menéndez Permanent Hall at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas with the presentation of his tome, 'The Sofrito Manifesto', a work that proudly encompasses two volumes. In the foreword of the second volume, dedicated to the cocktails and libations commonly savored in Puerto Rico, Joaquín E. Bacardí III penned: "It is a source of great pride for me to speak on a subject that, within my family, has been woven into the fabric of our daily discourse from a young age... Born into a lineage of rum manufacturers with a father and grandfather who were master distillers, it was our customary practice to converse about our cherished beverage, one that mirrors the vibrancy, spark, and ardor with which we embrace life in the Caribbean."

This unveiling will take place amidst a personal exhibition of Medina's oeuvre. Select pieces from diverse series have been meticulously curated to offer the South Florida audience and December fair attendees as comprehensive a view as possible of the artistry Medina has cultivated over the past quinquennium. Eleven medium-format works stand out, marked by an exuberant chromatic range that flawlessly encapsulates their genesis—breathing the very air and visual culture of the Caribbean.


Under the Art in the Comunity Program

Pepe Franco: An Island Alone

Between December 2023 and January 2024, the Museum of Contemporary Art of theAmericas will welcome the Cuban artist residing in Argentina, José (Pepe) FrancoCodinach. During his tenure, Franco will create several pieces for the museum'scollections and deliver two masterful lectures.

Curated by the MoCAA Team.

December 1th, 2023 - January 5th, 2024

On December 1st, 2023, MoCAA will inaugurate three simultaneous exhibitions. One of these will be "El hombre es una isla," featuring pieces created by Pepe Franco over the last decade. In an article published by Hypermedia magazine in September 2020, Cuban art expert and professor François Vallée remarked in the introduction:

"José Franco has been a prominent figure in Cuban art since the 1980s. His artistic practice is prolific and eludes easy classification. As is often the case in what has come to be known as postmodernity, his work is marked by constant renewal and is not confined to a single medium. Instead, it spans and explores an array of forms: painting, drawing, sculpture, object art, installation, and theatrical scenography, among others. He is an artist who stands independently of the doctrinaire positions of the art world, a 'sharpshooter' demonstrating a plastic openness leading to a renewed circulation of the gaze.


Under the Art in the Comunity Program

Tamayo's Rumba Stars

Cuban artist Reynerio Tamayo has specially conceived a large-scale piece for the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas, as a tribute to Cuban musicians of the last hundred years, both in Cuba and across the United States and the world. The triptych will be presented on the upcoming 1st of December.

Curated by Reynerio Tamayo and Jorge Rodriguez Diez (R10)

December 1th, 2023 - January 5th, 2024

On July 7, 2017, the Kendall Art Center (now Museum of Contemporary Art of the Americas) inaugurated "Cuban Slugger," an exhibition by the renowned Cuban artist Reynerio Tamayo. On this occasion, Tamayo expressed that this exhibition was a 'long-standing debt' he felt he owed, as he had participated in various group exhibitions on the theme of baseball but had never held a solo exhibition entirely dedicated to this sport. The project was previously showcased at Galería Habana in Havana and traveled almost in its entirety to South Florida. It was a heartfelt homage to the history of Cuban baseball and its giant protagonists, both past and present, with a bit more focus on the early stars of the 20th century. The exhibition was both formally and conceptually a sports celebration. The Galería Habana exhibition, titled “Cuba en pelota,” also served as a nod to the island's history through baseball, painting, and the socio-political story of the island. The title referenced an iconic work within the history of contemporary Cuban art: Antonia Eiriz's "La muerte en pelota" from 1966, thus paying tribute to this great Cuban artist of all time. For Tamayo, it was essential to hold the exhibition in its natural settings. 'From one side only, it remained incomplete,' he expressed.


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