Founded by Haydee Santamaría only four months after the triumph of the Revolution, Casa de las Américas promotes, researches, sponsors and publishes the work of writers, visual artists, musicians, playwrights and experts in arts and social sciences in Latin America. It is a place to meet and discuss different views in an atmosphere of new and original ideas. International literary figures such as Gabriel García Márquez were regular visitors and in November 2013 it was a logical place to hold a homage to the great Colombian writer.
The house acquired its Art Deco elements when it was remodeled between 1952 and 1953. Additions then included the layered tower, the vertical ribs of the façade, the tower’s lantern and the clocks. This is a sample of late Art Deco, although very beautiful in its sobriety and coherence.
The Casa’s collection of over 6,000 works of art are displayed in four galleries. The main building houses the Galería Latinoamericana, which has rotating exhibitions, and the Sala Contemporánea, where Cuban and Latin American photographs and engravings are exhibited and sold. Also under the Casa’s wing are the Galería Haydee Santamaría, located one block south, and the nearby Galería Mariano, which houses a mainly popular art collection. The main building also houses Librería Rayuela, which sells books in Spanish and English, records and cassettes.
Admission details: Casa: free; Galería Latinoamericana & Sala Contemporánea: CUC 2; free under-12s
Opening hours: Casa: 8am-4.45pm Mon-Fri. Galería Latinoamericana & Sala Contemporánea: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri