About the Collection
The Farber Collection of contemporary Cuban art was established in 2001 by collectors Howard and Patricia Farber. The Farbers had previously assembled major collections of American modernist painting and contemporary Chinese art. After a visit to Cuba in 2001, they turned their focus to contemporary Cuban art.
The collection is international in scope, and includes works by Cuban-born artists throughout the world. Its focus on early works of contemporary Cuban art—particularly from the 1980s and early 1990s—represent an effort to recover and preserve the art of that era. The Collection currently consists of some 200 works: paintings, drawings, prints, photography, sculpture, and installation art.
The Farbers continue to actively acquire works for the collection, which is curated by Abelardo Mena, Curator of Contemporary International Art at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana.
Cuba Avant-Garde: Contemporary Cuban Art from The Farber Collection, an exhibition of works from the collection, toured nationally from 2007 through 2010. Works from the collection have been loaned to major international museum shows.