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The 120th birth anniversary of painter Wifredo Lam stands out in Cuba

Havana, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) The Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center convened a colloquium on December 8, in homage to the 120th anniversary of the birth of that prominent Cuban painter, reported a statement from the institution.

As part of the celebrations, the center will publish from its official website passages from the life and work of the artist, who introduced the culture of African origin in the plastic arts of the Antillean island, in addition to commemorating the 80th anniversary of La Jungla (1942) , one of the masterpieces of the creator.

On that same day and based in the center located in Old Havana, the colloquium Lam’s perspective will begin, in which Cuban and foreign intellectuals will address the legacy of the most universal of painters from the Caribbean island.

The event, coordinated by researcher José Noceda, a specialist in Lam’s work, will culminate on December 9 with interventions by Manuel López Oliva and Lesbia Vent Dumois, National Plastic Arts Prize winners and the presentation of articles, reviews, exhibition chronicles, interviews and essays written by authors from the most dissimilar disciplines about the work of the renowned Cuban artist.

Promoter of the so-called black culture, Lam developed a multifaceted career in the visual arts, moving easily in illustration, architectural drawing, sculpture, mural, engraving and ceramics.

Among his most outstanding paintings is also La Silla (The Chair), a piece that is part of the collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts, in this capital. Pieces by Lam are treasured by renowned museums, galleries and collectors around the world, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, in the United States.