La Verdadera historia universal

Carlos Estevez1995

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx, NY, United States

Initially considered a disciple of the artist Elso Padilla because of his use of natural materials and a preference for iconic representations of humanity, Carlos Estevez has developed a coherent personal mythology that guides his work. In hus words, his sources comprise a fusion of “anthropology, existentialism literature, syncretic cults, ontology, medieval codes, popular cultures, religion, the knowledge summarized in encyclopedias, the philosophy of Kant and Nietzsche, Asian spiritual beliefs, and Ernst Cassirer’s Neo-Kantism."

In this work, La Verdadera Historia Universal (The True History of the World, 1995, MNBA) the linear concept of history is subverted by placing the viewer literally in front of a wooden puppet theatre where he can eliminate or add heroes, historical figures, and villains. Once again, we see Martí among this gallery which overlooks a pile of figures scattered on the floor - the discarded, or detritus, of history.


  • Title: La Verdadera historia universal
  • Creator: Carlos Estevez
  • Date Created: 1995
  • Location: Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana
  • Physical Dimensions: Various dimensions
  • Medium: installation: mixed media: carved and polychrimed wood, fabric

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