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Book release

Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution

The reprintnig of the book «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution» written by Swiss artist Rudolf Häsler (1927 – 1999) was the first launch realized by bromer edition. 

Swiss artist Rudolf Häsler impressively describes the period from 1957 to 1969, when he lived and worked in the socialist insular state. Within the autobiographical book he vividly depicts the Cuban Revolution, his position as a director at the national department of arts and crafts, his relation to Ernesto «Che» Guevara and Fidel Castro and in the end his fall from grace with the regime.

The book «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror» can be purchased in German or Spanish via kunst@bromer.ch.

 

Buchcover: Rudolf Häsler, «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution», Roggwil: edition bromer, 2017

   

– Rudolf Häsler, "Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution", Roggwil: edition bromer, 2017

  

– Rudolf Häsler, «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution», Roggwil: edition bromer, 2017
About artist
Rudolf Häsler
Interlaken, 1927 — 1999

Rudolf Häsler (29.7.1927, Interlaken - 18.1.1999, Sant Cugat del Vallès) has worked as a primary school teacher in Interlaken since 1947. At the same time, however, he took painting lessons and travelled throughout Europe. In 1952 he gave up teaching and devoted himself completely to art. Trips to the Sahara, Seville, Granada, Italy, Yugoslavia, and Andalusia followed. In 1956 he met María Dolores Soler in Granada. In 1957 he travels with her to Cuba to her hometown Santiago de Cuba and marries her there. Fascinated by the country, Häsler decided to stay in Cuba and started a family there.
In Cuba, Häsler experienced the climax of the Cuban Revolution, and he himself was enthusiastic about the atmosphere of change. He wanted to play an active role in this social change and joined a group of artists who were particularly dedicated to art on buildings. He also developed a concept for the establishment of a nationwide ceramics industry, which was approved by the government. Häsler was promoted to managing advisor in the newly founded National Institute of Decorative Arts and was made director in 1960. He is the second highest foreign deputy in the Cuban state after the Argentinean revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, the then Minister of Industry.