Very close to the heart of the Cuban people is the mansion of Obra Pía No. 111, in the Historical Center of Havana, where the legacy of Oswaldo Guayasamín is kept alive, and also remembers several of his beloved friends like Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz and Dr. Eusebio Leal Spengler.
On Friday, January 8, the Oswaldo Guayasamín House commemorated the 28th anniversary of the Ecuadorian artist's house-workshop in the Cuban capital; an occasion in which the figure of the Historian of the City was evoked from the portrait of the Painter of Ibero-America, with the presentation of the 2021 Pocket Calendar, which is made every year in collaboration with the Guayasamín Foundation of Quito.
Pedro Martínez Pírez, a journalist and professor, and the winner of the José Martí National Journalism Award and of the Cuban Radio Life Achievement Award, comments that "Eusebio Leal was present on several occasions at the events held every year by Radio Habana Cuba to present its pocket calendar, which in recent years has always been illustrated with works by Maestro Guayasamín.
"I remember him especially in the presentation of calendars with the images of José Martí, Fidel Castro and Simón Bolívar, and he always repeated that the small calendars are to be kept in the left pocket, which is the side of the heart."
The Oswaldo Guayasamín House Museum was inaugurated on January 8, 1993, after a restoration of the building by the Ecuadorian maestro himself, who decided to turn it into a cultural center aimed at the visual arts, and a workshop for his creation.
After his death on March 10, 1999, the house focuses its mission on preserving the spirit of its founder, and giving the new generations the heritage it treasures.
Today, the museum-gallery brings together a significant collection of original works of the Latin American painter, paintings, documents, costumes, tools, among other pieces of work. The place keeps portraits of the leader of the Revolution, Raúl Castro Ruz, and the singer Carlos Puebla, most of them created in Cuba. Also included are paintings by contemporary Cuban and Ecuadorian artists, along with a sample of the Andean country's handicrafts.
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