60 years of revolutionary graphics
Posters from the Bardellotto Collection
Cartel Cubano, 60 years of revolutionary graphics, is the extraordinary exhibition of Cuban posters selected from Luigino Bardellotto's collection of the Centro Studi Cartel Cubano in Venice. It can be visited at the Palazzo delle Albere, from 24 November 2018 to 24 February 2019.
More than 400 movie theatres were inaugurated in Cuba from the early 1940s (one-fourth of which were located in Havana); the first movie titles proposed (of European, Mexican and Argentine origin) were advertised by many communication agencies that adopted a style of obvious western origin - resulting from the influence of their United States neighbours.
Following the Castro revolution (dated 1 January 1959) and the constitution of the ICAIC (Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry), instituted on 24th March 1959, graphic designers began interpreting with a new style the feature films and documentaries arriving from every corner of the world. The formal independence they enjoyed, together with their unique synthesis of expression skills, would allow them to establish an original movement of full-fledged artists dedicated to cinema propaganda.