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Celebrations for First Meeting between Fidel and Guayasamín 50 Years Ago


With the inauguration on Friday of the photographic exhibition “50th Anniversary of the First Meeting between Fidel and Guayasamin,” the fraternal bonds existing between Cuba and Ecuador were recalled at the center named after the Latin American painter.

Edgar Ponce, ambassador of the South American nation to Havana, remembered that half a century ago, in the evening of May 6th, 1961, Guayasamín painted the first of the four portraits he made of the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution.

He pointed out that, in a whirlwind of questions about the painting, brushes, canvases and other dissimilar topics, of explanations about the armed struggle and the challenges Rebel Cuba was facing, Guayasamín painted in hardly a few hours the work that deserved Fidel’s praise and that, in correspondence, the artist promised to give him as a present at the Ecuadorian embassy the following day.

Havana City Historian Eusebio Leal praised this exhibition that preserves a historic event and a good relationship, paradigms of the fraternity of two important figures and by extension their respective peoples.

In a letter from Quito, read during the ceremony, and on behalf of Guayasamin’s family, Pablo, son of the artist and president of the foundation that treasures his work and heritage, expressed his appreciation for this tribute, and made reference to the photographs testifying to the meetings held between his father and Fidel in several historic moments.

Attending the inauguration of the exhibition were Armando Hart, president of the José Martí Cultural Society, and Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, among other figures.

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