MELAKA – The Melaka Art Gallery will showcase 42 art works capturing the ‘soul’ of Cuba at the Contemporary Cuban Art Exhibition beginning today, until Feb 28.
The artworks were produced by 21 artists after the Cuban Revolution and the exhibition is held in conjunction with the 59th anniversary of the revolution.
Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob officiated the exhibition. Also present was Cuban Ambassador to Malaysia, Ibete Fernandez Hernandez.
Mohd Khalil said Melaka welcomed the artworks as they reflected the beautiful nature of the Cuban culture and its people.
“Cuba has the most beautiful people, good dancers and its people are very friendly, this (these traits) show in these paintings. I urge more Melaka people to come and appreciate these paintings which are here (Melaka) because of the strong relations between Melaka and Cuba.
“If you look around, the artworks reflect modern art and I leave it to your imagination to interpret,” he said in his speech when officiating the exhibition.
Mohd Khalil, who is an art enthusiast, also urged the Melaka Government to continue holding such art exhibitions by inviting artists from other states in the country.
He said he wanted Melaka to be a centre showcasing the rich culture and artworks of both locals and foreigners.
Meanwhile, Hernandez in her speech said Malaysia over the years had appreciated and supported Cuban culture and that Melaka had been an excellent venue to promote the culture. – BERNAMA