CUBAN POSTERS FOR FILMS From the Takeo Poster Collection

Soy Cuba [I am Cuba], 1964, Cuba-USSR, Directed by  Mikhail Kalatozov, Poster: René Portocarrero (1964)

Soy Cuba [I am Cuba]
1964, Cuba-USSR
Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov
Poster: René Portocarrero (1964)

 Did you know that the Caribbean island country of Cuba is a country of movie posters? Long noted for its attractive music and dance, Cuba is also a "little big" cinematic country. It has produced a string of stylistically progressive films since the 1959 revolution with the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC) as its base. Known as the location of the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano (International Festival of New Latin American Cinema), the capital Havana is one of the centers of Latin American film.
Cuba adopted a "revolutionary" means of film publicity; a unique policy of their film industry that cannot be found anywhere else. They commissioned a variety of designers and painters to create movie posters, and used hand operated silkscreen techniques instead of offset printing which is suited to mass production. Inspired by the films themselves, the rich colors and gorgeous expression created by artists such as Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, René Azcuy Cárdenas, and Antonio Fernández Reboiro added new value to the films, and made these posters lively artworks.
Moby Dick, 1956, US, Director by John Huston, Poster: Antonio Fernández Reboiro (1968)

Moby Dick, 1956, US
Director by John Huston
Poster: Antonio Fernández Reboiro (1968)

This exhibition co-hosted by National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, introduces a total of 85 posters created from the revolutionary era up to around 1990, mainly from the Takeo Poster Collection, which is deposited at the Tama Art University. Focusing on posters for many foreign films imported into Cuba as well as Cuban ones, it will be your guide to this unknown "movie poster paradise".

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Collection Gallery (4F)

Exhibition dates
June 1 (Wed.) - July 24 (Sun.), 2016
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on July 18 (Mon.), closed on June 3 (Fri.) and July 19 (Tue.)

Regular hours
9:30AM - 5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

Evening hours (Every Friday)
9:30AM - 8:00PM (admiddion until 7:30PM)
Exception: July 22 (Fri.)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The Embassy of Republic of Cuba

Takeo Co., Ltd., Tama Art University

  Day of admission Group (20 or more)
Adult 430 220
University students 130 70
High school students
and younger
* Collection gallery exhibition is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted
 free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)

Related events
Gallery talk
Talker: Hidenori Okada (Curator, National Film Center,
                   The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Date & Time: June 12 (Sun.) 12:00PM - 1:00PM (1st), 3:00PM - 4:00PM (2nd)
Place: 4F Collection Gallery
Fee: Free Admission, * exhibition tickets are required
        (Please gather at the entrance of 4F Collection Gallery 10 minutes before talk.)
in Japanese language only

MoMAK Films 2016
Cuban Film Retrospective
Date & Time: July 15 (Fri.) 6:00PM - 8:40PM
                     July 16 (Sat.) 2:00PM - 5:42PM
Program: 《Lucia》 etc.
Place: 1F Lecture Hall
Organizers: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
                           National Film Center, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Fee: 520 yen per screening, tickets are available at the door only
Capacity: 100 seats, first come first served
* Programs and detailed schedule can be viewed at "MoMAK Films" of this HP
          and the brochure "MoMAK Films Program".

Salsa Music Night @MoMAK
Date & Time:July 16 (Sat.) 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Place: Entrance Hall
DJ: Rodrigo NISHI
Organizer: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
                         NPO Japan Latin Culture Association
Admission: 1000 yen per person, tickets are available at the door only

Publicity materials
flyer PDF(1.75MB)


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