Who says that Haitian art always has to be traditional?
That notion is changing by the minute with each visit of the vibrant Haitian Heritage Museum in Miami. This week, artists as well as fans came in flocks to the museum. The huge jump in visitors are a result of the largely popular Art Basel Festival.
The festival which is held from December 6-9, features works by over 2,000 artists from all over the world. What connected the festival with the museum; the festival featured works from artists representing the 20th and 21st centuries.
Serge Rodriguez, the director of operations at the museum, talked with our friends at the Caribbean Journal and explains that the new generation of contemporary artists out of Haiti need to be celebrated.
“With Haitian art, the community at large is used to mostly the traditional Haitian art, the ‘naive’ style, the ‘primitive’ style, the scene with the lady with the basket on her head,” said Serge Rodriguez, director of operations at the Museum. “But there’s actually a movement of contemporary artists that are coming out of Haiti. So we decided that, with this exhibition, we wanted to focus on that.”
Thursday the museum opened a new exhibition titled, Les Jacmeliens: Contemporary Haiti 2012. The exhibition adds a slight twist on different works.
Rodriguez goes on to say that more than 300 people came out for the VIP opening event. Even Rodriguez himself admits to the influence of the Art Basel Festival. No matter how or what way the museum increased its traffic, the works are no doubt a must see for any art lover.
The push for contemporary work is a breath of fresh air when it comes to Haiti the country. Haiti is known for its traditional values as well as image. It is indeed necessary to show and prove that when it comes to art, Haitian artists can be unique and different on a positive way.
Here’s to the recent success of the Haitian Heritage Museum and its new exhibition. Hopefully the success will carry over after the Art Basel Festival is over. We will see what happens in the next coming weeks. With visitors such as Beyoncé, Demi Moore and Lenny Kravitz, the buzz should be very high for this exciting and innovative Museum.