Art lovers will find
closed homesickness about gone ages when Cuban bourgeoisie was fixing
style's age tracking at the 17th street Palacette in Vedado section,
old Count of Revilla Camargo's residence, today Decorative Art Museum.
Project was sketched in Paris by French architects P. Virad and
M. Destugue, under the direction of Cuban architect Alberto Camacho
and decoration also by the Jansen House, of the French capital where
the only used Cuban material was the wood for doors and windows
made in carved mahogany. The elegant simplicity of the facade, of
a rested classicism, is full of beauty, clear and energized.
With a centered body, balconies and terraces, made with practical
and functional architecture,faithful testimony
of how the constructors knew to incorporate the elegant and polished
curves to the stereometry of the clear classic forms. The building
with two plants, beautifully provided and structured with harmony
(constructed between 1924 and 1927, and restructured near by the
30 decade have been restored again in 2003) and gathers part of
the history of the Cuban bourgeoisie. The interior, the lobby and
facade has been restored, for almost practically have its original
It is one of the most singular museums of the American continent,
possibly only in Latin America and in addition to his rich cultural
and historical meaning, it is a scope for the visual contemplation.
The museum feature 23 collections and near 35 thousand pieces
in its stock, whose main attractive till the moment, is related
with French XVIII century. Part of the objects belonged to Revilla
Camargo and Oscar B. Cintas own collections, and are located through
both floors which conform the building.
The luxuriant artistic wealth that decorates walls and ceilings,
the wealth of the furniture due to cabinetmakers as important as
Chippendale or the French Boudin, Chevalier, Simoneau and others
and the fine porcelains of Sévres, Chantilly, Meissen, Limoges
or the English manufactures of Standforshire and Wedgwood, carry
most visitor into the scope of the private life of Gómez
Mena, Cintas and some other who owned the institution stock.
An own micro-world of elegance has been created here, frivolity
and pure materiality have few referrals with the reality outsider.
Everything oscillate between exquisite and the monstrosity, the
filigreed thing, china porcelains so fashionable in the Rococo;
feelings to enjoy the life with real intensity, summarized in pieces
of sensual surfaces that demand caresses.
El The museum route is circling, leaving the building by where
you got inside. After to get the decorative inner step way to the
second floor and left back the clear lobby and two great linen cloths
of Hubert Robert, gobelinos can be appreciated on the dinning room
with walls covered by Italian marbles, with a dinning table served
for 24 persons and trophies of mercury plate bronze with allegories
and attributes Regency style.
Eleven rooms the museum feature and their wonders cannot be checked
in single a visit: the aesthetic irradiation and the expressively
that emanates of these collections talk with the spectator. Small
cards discreetly placed advise into the qualities, time and other
details. Location have been used with intelligence taking chance
from architectural distribution and no pieces interferes to another
one, since the successive series of the rooms flock the rectilinear
and visual axes for the spectator, on the contrary, the doors are
faced in such a way that the glance with transverse axes and diagonals
in which displayed cabinets have been placed that seem to engage
in a dialog to each other over the borders of the time and the styles.
History have been personalized becomes a concentrated exhibition
of forms and styles without line of the styles and if sometimes
space disposition and thematic content do not agree, the decorative
presentation finishes emphasizing unforgettable moments of gone
treasure that has been owned for 40 years now is shown, permanently
or cyclical exhibited, showing different art stages and world-wide
manufacturing The museum is in addition a research center and its
benefits are used by foreign and national visitors. In this monument
to the air and the fickleness of the classic forms of contemporary
artistic exhibitions give opportunities to newer art and creators
who potentially are the future collectables.
Worldwide visitors can enjoy in such special museum which feature
a treasure of great historical-artistic meaning that increases its
volumes with gifts, acquisitions and very selective transferences
and in which is not necessary a previous coordination, just arrives
by yourself at the door and ask for a guide ... and without more
introduction you’ll have access to all history and wealth.
Address: calle 17 #502 e/ D y E Vedado
Abierto de martes a sábado de 11:00 a 18:00
domingos de 09:00 a 13:00