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Rudolf Häsler

Despite Rudolf Häsler's incomparable artistic oeuvre, his name was hardly known until recently. The occupation with Rudolf Häsler’s life and work culminated in the opening of the most extensive retrospective exhibition so far that has ever been dedicated to him, as well as the premiere of the documentary «Coca-Castro», which both took place at the bromer kunst premises. The documentary illuminates the historical background of the Cuban Revolution, as well as the numerous poetic annotations, which the artist kept during his lifetime. The complementing exhibition and film highlight Häsler’s cosmopolitan, eventful life and his artistic output as one of the first photorealistic painters. In 2017 bromer edition reprinted the book «Kuba – Freiheit oder Terror: Ein Maler erlebt die Revolution» written by the artist himself. The same year, bromer edition released a 476-page artist-monograph about Rudolf Häsler.

About the project
About the project

Rudolf Häsler (1927-1999) was born in Interlaken. Ever since his childhood he kept fascinated by foreign countries and cultures. Right after finishing his formation as a teacher, he decided to become an artist. After extensive study trips around Europe and Northern Africa, the Bernese artist from the Oberland region settled down in Spain for a short period. In Granada he made acquaintance of the Cuban Maria Dolores Soler, whom he got married soon afterwards in Cuba. Initially, the couple intended to remain merely two weeks in Cuba – eventually they stayed over a decade in the Caribbean insular state. Shortly after the revolutionary forces gained victory, Rudolf Häsler was appointed director at the national department of arts and crafts. Succeeding Che Guevara, Häsler held the second highest position as a foreigner within Cuba’s Revolutionary Government. However, Rudolf Häsler felt from grace with Fidel Castro and got displaced from his position. Thus, in 1969 he was constrained to hastily quit Cuba. Together with his family he left for Spain, from where he travelled around the world. Häsler gained prominence because of his meticulous Realism, which is likely to be assigned to the hyperrealistic genre of painting. Since Häsler lived extremely quietly in Spain, he did not participate in many vast international exhibitions. Therefore, he only came to be known to a restricted body of experts. Nevertheless, bromer kunst is persuaded that Häsler will soon be granted a position within international art historiography.

 

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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.