Castro, Inc. refuses to lend art to Bronx Museum

The Bronx Museum of the Arts Expansion, New York, New York, 2068

A story that the Niuyortain (New York Times) loves to follow is back in its pages.

Last year the Bronx Museum of Art spent a lot of money sponsoring an art exchange with Castro, Inc.’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, a museum housed in a building stolen from Spanish immigrants from Galicia and their descendants.

The museum also launched a plan to raise $2.5 million to create a replica of a José Martí sculpture in New York’s Central Park and send it to Havana, as a gift for the Castro regime.

Locals complained that the museum’s money should be spent on local artists instead.  And two of the museum’s trustees have resigned as a result, citing the “lack of transparency” in the museum director’s dealing with Castro, Inc. and other entities.  Four other trustees also resigned at the same time, citing other issues.

One of these trustees unhappy with the Castro, Inc. deals was Laura Blanco, Chairman of the Museum Board, described by the New York Times as “a former entertainment executive who was born in Cuba and raised in Miami.”  (Ay!…. such coy encoding!).  The other trustee who resigned because of these deals was Vice Chairwoman Mary Beth Mandanas.

Holly Block, the museum’s director, is very fond of the Castro regime and has been working hard to establish “cultural exchanges” with the kleptocrats at Castrogonia’s Ministry of Culture for quite some time.

Her latest attempt has crashed, however, due to the Castro kleptocrats’s fear that Cuban exiles might rightfully claim ownership of art stolen from them.

Museum Director
Museum Director

The totally unethical and spineless Obama State Department went as far as to issue a ruling that made any art on loan from Castro, Inc. immune from seizure, but this guarantee did not quell the fears of the Castronoid kleptocrats.

Fear of the Trumpinator seems to have killed this deal, but, of course, the Castronoids won’t admit that.

Poor Bronxites.  They will just have to make do with a an exhibit of Cuban art that hasn’t been stolen from its owners.  Its new show will feature only art produced and sold by Cuban artists in exile.


From El Niuyortain…

Bronx Museum Won’t Get Loan of Art From Cuba

The second half of the Bronx Museum of the Arts’s long-planned exchange of artworks with the National Museum of Fine Arts in Cuba will not take place as expected, after Cuban officials declined to allow works to travel to the United States, the Bronx museum’s executive director, Holly Block, said.

Instead, the Bronx museum — which lent more than 80 works from its permanent collection to the National Museum in summer 2015, the first part of the two-country exhibition, “Wild Noise/Ruido Salvaje” — will mount a show of some 60 pieces drawn from public and private collections outside Cuba, representing many of the artists whose works would have come from the national collection.

Ms. Block said her Cuban counterparts at the National Museum did not say whether their hesitation stemmed from fears about possible diplomatic uncertainties under a Trump administration. “We didn’t get a no from them but we also didn’t get a final yes,” Ms. Block said. “So we decided that in good faith we’re going to do this exhibition instead.”

The second half of the exchange was originally scheduled for 2016, and was then rescheduled to open this month. It was delayed in part because of questions about whether state-owned art works from Cuba could be in danger of being seized while in the United States to satisfy legal claims by Americans whose property was confiscated in Cuba after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

Late last year the State Department issued a ruling to give the works protection from seizure, lifting the Bronx Museum’s hopes that the show would happen. But by early this month, with no agreement from Cuba, Ms. Block said the museum decided it could no longer wait.

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Havana museum building stolen from Gallego immigrants
Havana museum building stolen from Gallego immigrants

3 thoughts on “Castro, Inc. refuses to lend art to Bronx Museum”

  1. Holly, honey, you look like a dowdy middle-aged matron trying to look “edgy.” It’s not working. Maybe Anna Wintour can help you. On second thought, she’s a pretty sad case herself, so try Madonna’s celebrity terrorist look–just don’t threaten to kill the president, OK?

  2. I understand that Ernest Hemingway left his Cuban residence and its contents to the nation in his will. However, his widow managed to get permission from the Castro government to remove some mementoes, of sorts, which included a number of paintings by major modern artists which are now worth mucho millions. I expect the Castro people, who didn’t know art from their asses, had no idea how valuable the stuff was, because I doubt they would have released it otherwise.

  3. This is a technicality, because that museum building was indeed stolen (as well as much of its contents), but I believe it is used for non-Cuban art works. The Cuban stuff, which is what the Bronx Museum is after, is in a different museum facility in Havana.

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