Korda: Cuba, Che, Glamour - Cobra Museum voor Moderne Kunst

Korda: Cuba, Che, Glamour

Friday 18 Mar 2022 until Sunday 26 Jun 2022

This spring, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art is pleased to present Korda. Cuba, Che, Glamour, a major retrospective exhibition that celebrates the masterful work of the renowned Cuban photographer Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, commonly known as Korda. The exhibition is made possible with the courtesy of Terra Esplêndida and The Estate of Alberto Korda, which is run by his daughter Diana Diaz, and is curated by Cuban art critic and curator Cristina Vives.

Korda, La Niña de la muñeca de palo_Sumidero, Pinar del Rio, February 1959 ©Korda Estate

Korda (Cuba, 1928 – France, 2001) is the author of Che Guevara’s most iconic portrait, dubbed “Heroic Guerrilla”, dated March 6, 1960, considered to be the most reproduced still in the history of photography, as well as one of the most representative images of the 20th century. Korda was also one of the photographers of the Cuban Revolution (1959) and documented a graphic diary with the epic iconography that marked the first years of the period. His work composes an important historical documentation, basilar to the understanding of the revolutionary spirit and character of those involved.

Less known is the fact that Korda was initially a fashion and advertising photographer, founder in 1954 of one of the first studios dedicated to the media in Cuba. From the beginning, Korda always had a very distinctive approach to photography, working exclusively with natural light and being precise about framing and composition, envisioning his photos to be authentic stories about female beauty. Korda used this same approach when photographing the revolution. He knew how to take advantage of the sex appeal and beauty of revolutionary people in the Caribbean Island.

As the curator, Cristina Vives, says: “Korda: Cuba, Che, Glamour showcases an extremely versatile artist, not simply the illustrator of a particular moment in political history, no matter how interesting or newsworthy this period was. His works extend from commercial advertising to politics, from depicting celebrities to portraying the guerrillas, from the city’s nightlife to military marches or popular rallies, from the sensuality of female nudes to the scientific observation of Cuba’s seas. And he did all of this without diminishing either genres or subjects, moving naturally and authentically between glamour, beauty, and revolution. The exhibit, comprehended about 150 photographs, videos, and original documents, aims to reveal a complex and creative artist, and to educate audiences on the variety of his body of work and contextualize it, as well as to free the photographer from the “heavy weight of one photo”.

Korda: Cuba, Che, Glamour

Friday 18 Mar 2022 until Sunday 26 Jun 2022

This spring, the Cobra Museum of Modern Art is pleased to present Korda. Cuba, Che, Glamour, a major retrospective exhibition that celebrates the masterful work of the renowned Cuban photographer Alberto Díaz Gutiérrez, commonly known as Korda. The exhibition is made possible with the courtesy of Terra Esplêndida and The Estate of Alberto Korda, which is run by his daughter Diana Diaz, and is curated by Cuban art critic and curator Cristina Vives.

Korda, La Niña de la muñeca de palo_Sumidero, Pinar del Rio, February 1959 ©Korda Estate

Korda (Cuba, 1928 – France, 2001) is the author of Che Guevara’s most iconic portrait, dubbed “Heroic Guerrilla”, dated March 6, 1960, considered to be the most reproduced still in the history of photography, as well as one of the most representative images of the 20th century. Korda was also one of the photographers of the Cuban Revolution (1959) and documented a graphic diary with the epic iconography that marked the first years of the period. His work composes an important historical documentation, basilar to the understanding of the revolutionary spirit and character of those involved.

Less known is the fact that Korda was initially a fashion and advertising photographer, founder in 1954 of one of the first studios dedicated to the media in Cuba. From the beginning, Korda always had a very distinctive approach to photography, working exclusively with natural light and being precise about framing and composition, envisioning his photos to be authentic stories about female beauty. Korda used this same approach when photographing the revolution. He knew how to take advantage of the sex appeal and beauty of revolutionary people in the Caribbean Island.

As the curator, Cristina Vives, says: “Korda: Cuba, Che, Glamour showcases an extremely versatile artist, not simply the illustrator of a particular moment in political history, no matter how interesting or newsworthy this period was. His works extend from commercial advertising to politics, from depicting celebrities to portraying the guerrillas, from the city’s nightlife to military marches or popular rallies, from the sensuality of female nudes to the scientific observation of Cuba’s seas. And he did all of this without diminishing either genres or subjects, moving naturally and authentically between glamour, beauty, and revolution. The exhibit, comprehended about 150 photographs, videos, and original documents, aims to reveal a complex and creative artist, and to educate audiences on the variety of his body of work and contextualize it, as well as to free the photographer from the “heavy weight of one photo”.