Artists and friends in Hamlet Collection

As long as the sky whirls
You will be my redemption and my doom,
magnetic vision,
lily in underwear,
salvation and madness
every night waiting.
As long as the sky whirls
no infernal could be a stranger
because I have to take care that that would not harm you,
No joy would go by inadvertent
Because in some way I have to reveal it to you,
As long as
the sky
you will be the truth of myself,
the song and the venom,
the danger and the ecstasies,
the vigil and the sleep,
the dread and the miracle.
As long as the sky whirls … but perhaps the sky whirls?
Well: as long as the sky exists.
As long as
the sky
you will be my pain most noticeable,
my loneliness most tragic
my bewilderment unanimous
my perpetuous silence
and my absolute consolation.
As long as the sky exists … but perhaps the sky exists?
Well: as long as you yourself exist.
As long as
you yourself
you will be the mirror and the time,
the infinity and the imminent,
the memory and the unusual
the defeat and the verse,
my enemy and my image.
Because there would be no more suns than the ones you yourself radiate
like there would be no other penance than to know that you exist.
But perhaps you do exist?

Reinaldo Arenas.

Nicolás Guillen, En todas partes cuecen habas, 2001, acrylic on linen, 48 x 36”
Nicolás Guillén-Landrián, En todas partes cuecen habas, 2001, acrylic on linen, 48 x 36”.JPG

“Artists and friends” in the Hamlet Collection is the second exhibition presented by The Rodríguez Collection in collaboration with other  private collections as part of the program to unveil art that was produced in Cuba and today is preserved outside the island. 

Carlos Quintana, Una mujer con sus problemas, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 48
Carlos Quintana, Una mujer con sus problemas, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 60 x 48”

As Long as the Sky Whirls, Hamlet will be remembered by his artists and friends. The peculiarity of a vision and an aesthetic taste is what today makes up the magnificent collection. This collection represents more than an identity, but an affirmation of the island’s long tradition of creativity and venerable reputation in the international world of fine arts. The exhibition showcases the work of 25 artists who have reached beyond the boundaries of Cuba. Similarly, the gallery will have a special area dedicated to a group of works by Tomás Oliva (Hamlet’s stepfather), artworks that have never been exhibited before and are a part of this great collection. Through “Artists and friends” we can recognize artwork that spans over 40 years and includes a diversity of styles and media, by some of the artists that have established a new course of modernism in the country, to the most outstanding artists of the present day.

These are Hamlet’s friends:

Alejandro Aguilera, Ana Albertina, Glauber Ballesteros, Mario Bencomo, Carlos Cárdenas, Consuelo Castañeda, Humberto Castro, Arturo Cuenca, Tomas Esson, Florencio Gelabert, Javier Guerra, Nicolás Guillen, Vladimir Llaguno, Alonso Mateo, Aldito Menendez, José Mijares, Noel Morera, Tomas Oliva, José Orbein, Jorge Perugorría, Carlos Quintana, Cuty Ragazzone, Zaida del Río, Jorge L. Trinchet, Sergio Vardi.

Henry Ballate M.F.A.

Aldo Damian Menendez.  Ejecucion de la obra. 1996. Mixed media on metal. 11" x 72".
Aldito Menéndez, La ejecución de la obra, 1995, mixed media, aluminum, acrylic and wood, 72 X 11”


This exhibition is first and foremost a heartfelt tribute from a mother—a great lover of art—Xiomara Almaguer; to her son who left when too many expectations were placed on him, because he was already a part of a movement of young creators, which were also his friends and adventure colleagues; a whole ensemble of artists of the Cuban visual arts, that Hamlet desired to help personally, driving also in some way, the promotion of his works. This is how his private collection was configured, which furthermore includes the names of masters such as Tomás Oliva, an essential figure of abstraction who emerged in the 1950s, linked to Hamlet through family ties. Almost the entireties of the 25 names, which make up the recompense of this show, have become an indispensable part of the panorama, with capital letters, of our existing arts. Many of their works today are indispensable models, even at the museum level. 

Consuelo Castañeda, Los secretos de Fontainebleau II, 2016, printing of canvas, 48 x 78”
Consuelo Castañeda, Los secretos de Fontainebleau II, printing of canvas, 48 x 78”

Another exceptional figure, researcher and foremost champion of our art, inside and outside of Cuba, Dr. Lillian Llanes—connected to the circumstances of Xiomara and Hamlet—as a friend, has always encouraged the idea of presenting this collection to the public, who receives the conscientious and thoughtful care of Ivonne Ferrer as art restorer and Henry Ballate chief curator of the Kendall Art Center. In which a perfect balance is achieved between the high quality of exponents and the crucial testimonial meaning of a set of pieces, that equally expresses the human bonds between art collector and artist, or between friends; which thus reveals the intense life shared within a given epochal circle, the experiences reflected here, in the same way, united them in the time when Hamlet himself constituted an “alternative cultural nexus,” bohemian and savior of debauched nonconformists and singularities outside the margins of norms and conventions. 

Aldo Menéndez.

Oliva, Tomas. Untitled. 1991. Pastel on paper. 12" x 18". $1,500.00
Tomas Oliva, Untitled, 1991, pastel on paper, 12 x 18”


Kendall Art Center (KAC), is dedicated to promoting the work of contemporary artists, and to the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions, programs, and its collections, KAC provides an international platform for the work of established and emerging artists, advancing the public appreciation and understanding of the art.

Opening: Friday, November 9, 2018, from 6pm-11pm.
The exhibition will continue until November 30, 2018.
12063 SW 131st Ave. Miami, FL, 33186 |



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