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Cujae: a privileged place where the knowing and the artistic delight go hand in hand.

The Cujae is an example of a new type of university campus that contrasts with the construction codes employed in any other House of High Studies of Cuba, and of course, it differs from the bicentennial and well-known University of the Havana.

Its architecture, reflection of the modern tendencies, makes emphasis in the set of volumes and its expressivity.

It also connects the different constructions to wide corridors which have pedestrian areas that provide different murals, sculptures and fountains, created by outstanding personalities of the Cuban plastic.

One of the most interesting things consists of the extraordinary respect for the natural environment. You can enjoy a beautiful and particular green landscape in every square. At the same time the public areas increase the daily wealth and aesthetics of this university community.

 Art in the community
The Cujae has attempted to incorporate artistic works that are integrated harmoniously with its academic image. This idea was first conceived in 1987, when this Institute hosted a giant workshop of Plastic Arts that used the winning works of the competition Art in the Highway. This competition had the purpose of ameliorate the environment of one of the main arteries of the city, well-known as Via Blanca (the whole freeway until Varadero). When concluding the encounter, the minister of Culture at that time, Armando Hart Dávalos, made a call to the participants for sharing this experience and immediately after that declared this University as an example of reference. He called this new project, Art in the community.
Afterward, a series of measures took place. There was another competition in which was selected 5 works that were added to the murals already selected. For example, the murals of the designer Teresita Pedraza Lloreno, the kinetic sculpture of Alexander Calde and the work of Carlos Trillo, etc. All these works are considered patrimony of this University.

 - Ceramic paving-stones, by Agustín Villafaña, a painter, engraver, ceramist and draftsman  that has taught to Alexis Leyva (Kcho), Javier Guerra and Reinerio Tamayo.

 - Raúl Martínez Mural: the same author that carried out a mural with cement and Italian potteries for the National Theater, in the Revolution Square. He worked the photography, the design of covers and interiors of books. José Martí (1966) and Ernesto Che Guevara (1968) faces. His work has helped to create a “visual image”, typically national.

- “The ray”, Sculpture in metal by Antonio Díaz Peláez who broke with the traditional tendencies of the plastic Cuban of his time and has a new look, inspired meanly by the tendency of the abstract expressionism.

 - Casetones graph by Antonio Mariano Souto (Niko), a plastic that defended the graph as process of social communication; the work in function of the collective thing.

 -  Ceramic sculpture by the Group Terracotta IV.

 - Kinetic sculpture bt Alexander Calde. He is a sculptor and American painter who was always interested in the kinetic potential of the art. He used the language of the abstraction, captured the movement in a series of structures that offered radical alternatives to the existent notions on sculpture and that had a great impact in the history of the XX century art. 

 - Work of Carlos Thrashes, a Cuban plastic who was interest in the study of the matérica painting. His works are placed in important cultural institutions, universities and they are part of public and private collections in numerous countries and diplomatic and commercial representations of Cuba.

 - José Antonio Echeverría. Teresita Pedraza Lloreno Mural

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