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Corina Matamoros | Cuba

Corina Matamoros (Tuma)
Art historian, curator
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Graduated in art history from the University of Havana (1978) and in museology from the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, France (1987). She is a member of the UNEAC – Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba).

Corina Matamoros is a recipient of the Cuban National Prize of Curating in 2008 for the exhibition Orbis. Homenaje a Walker Evans (by José Toirac and Meira Marrero). In 2002, she was rewarded the Distinction for National Culture.

She was fellow of the Rubin Foundation for writing a book on the Cuban painter Raúl Martínez – writing that she completed during a residence at the Vermont Studio Center (2010).

Corina Matamoros has been curator at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Havana, Cuba, for the Cuban contemporary art section since 1992. Still, she has been working there since 1978 as museologist and deputy director. She is the originator of the renewal of the contemporary art collections of the museum ; and she was responsible for curating the permanent exhibition of Cuban contemporary art when the museum was restructured in 2001.

Since she has been working for the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Corina Matamoros curated more than thirty shows (Kcho, José Bedia, Lázaro Saavedra, Sandra Ramos, Tania Bruguera, Los Carpinteros…).

Her activity as a curator has extended to the international on several ocasions, such as when she was invited to curated and set up exhibitions of Cuban artists abroad : Eagerly Awaiting at the Magnan Metz Gallery in New York, USA (2012) ; La enmienda que hay en mí by Carlos Garaicoa at the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA (2010) ; Arte de Cuba at the CCBB (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil) in Rio de Janeiro and in Brasília, Brazil (2006) or even Inventar el mundo by Los Carpinteros at the Contemporary Art Museum of the University South Florida, USA (2005).

Corina Matamoros authored a great number of exhibitions’ catalogues and of articles dealing with both museology and art history.

She took part in symposiums on Cuban contemporary art like in the Bildner Center / Cuba Project on Cuban Geographies in Art (2011).

She authored the books Raúl Martínez – La gran familia, ed. Vanguardia Cubana (2012) and Mirada de Curador, ed. Letras Cubanas (2010).