Cuba is a republic in the Caribbean, known for producing high quality cigars.
The Cuban Embassy in Malaysia is giving an idea of the unique blend of culture by the Casa Cuba, a showroom in Bukit Peringgit, Melaka.
The gallery, founded in June 2007 as the residence of former senior government officials during the British colonial. This is one of Malacca’s historical sites.
Second Secretary (Political Affairs) in Malaysia Cuban Embassy Nestor Tores, told that the Casa Cuba has an important role in the introducing Malaysia to Cuban culture.
The beauty of Cuba’s art gallery with various forms of art by Cuban artists, including paintings, prints and ceramic works.
Tores said the embassy has more than 80 works of renowned Cuban artists such as Nelson Dominguez and Belkis Ayón Manso.
Belkis is a Cuban artist and lithographer who worked on the basis of Afro-Cuban religion, brings the myth and tradition of Abakuá man secret society.
Since her death, the Cuban government said it was a heritage, and therefore not allowed to leave the country.
“Therefore, it is a privilege that his works were allowed to be in Malaysia, as part of the exhibition,” says Tores.
The main exhibition room features paintings, including portraits of Fidel Castro, and photos of youth baseball game, a very popular sport in the Republic.
In addition to paintings, the gallery also has many forms of prints. An interesting feature of the exhibition of prints on silk.
In Malaysia, one of the favorites in the traditional art of batik textiles are usually printed on silk. It’s like in Cuba where the silk print is one of the most popular traditional arts.
He said that the gallery featured miniatures that describes life in Cuba. Among them are those that describe the environment in a traditional snuff mill, and the Cuban popular entertainment.
When asked why Melaka chosen as the venue for the Casa Cuba, Tores said it was just a tourist attraction because of Malacca is well developed.
It is hoped that the establishment of the Casa Cuba in Melaka will bring more local and foreign visitors to the gallery, and their interest towards the republic.
Tores said that besides the introduction of Cuban culture, the gallery is also where the embassy held various activities to create closer ties between Cuba and Malaysia.
“We are grateful to the Melaka government to help bring more tourists to the gallery, so they can learn more about Cuba,” he said.
Melaka Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said there are historic buildings on Bukit Peringgit. Most of them came from colonial times.
“If possible, I want all the embassies in the country to build their “home” here. Besides the creation of a gallery, they can also organize the program to introduce their country. More appropriate for this area is to be known as “Bukit Antarabangsa” he said.
He said, Casa Cuba is an initiative to strengthen ties between Malaysia and Cuba through cultural exchanges.
Casa Cuba is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 5:00.