BORIS LURIE in Habana
Friday, September 22, 4 pm
Organized by Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Boris Lurie Art Foundation.
Curator: JOAN GUAITA
Catalog: Published by Boris Lourie Art Foundation. Spanish-English; 180 pages. 1st Edition of 2000: 1000 in hardback (ISBN 9780692911457) with DVD of the documentary "The Art of Boris Lurie" directed by Rudij Bergmann, and 1000 in paperback (ISBN 9780692977464).
Related event: Conference by FRANCISCO JARAUTA «Boris Lurie NO!art. Monday. 25 September 2017. 11:00 am. Sala Hemicido. Edificio Arte Universal.
A wide-ranging survey show of the work of the Russian-born Jewish artist Boris Lurie [Leningrad 1924-New York 2008]. Survivor of the Holocaust and founder of the NO!art group, Boris Lurie refused to abide by the dictates of art movements that were part of a social system he believed to be corrupt. He declared that he learned from the truth, his only master, and did not wish to partake in the proposals of a social model he considered spurious and to which he responded with a categorical NO. His philosophy and attitude were predicated on his devastating experience in Nazi extermination camps and the realization that there will always be a world of oppressors and oppressed. In the words of the philosopher Francisco Jarautai, "Nobody has expressed the tension between memory and image as radically as Lurie." The intention of this exhibition, made possible thanks to the collaboration between the Boris Lurie Art Foundation and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Havana, is to disseminate the artist's creative agenda and to stimulate reflection in all those who decide to engage with the vast "Lurie Universe".