Diango Hernández

Diango Hernández (born 1970) is a Cuban artist, known for his paintings. From 1994 to 2003, Hernández was involved with Ordo Amoris Cabinet, which he co-founded with Ernesto Oroza, Juan Bernal, Francis Acea and Manuel Piña. He is married to artist Anne Pöhlmann. He lives and works between Düsseldorf, Germany and Havana.

Diango Hernández Torres
Born1970 (age 52–53)
SpouseAnne Pöhlmann


Diango Hernández was born in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba in 1970. His mother was a high school teacher—and later professor—and his father was an engineer.[1] He attended boarding school in the countryside as a teenager, going on to study at the Havana Superior Institute of Design (ISDI) from 1989 to 1994 where he received a degree in industrial design. After a brief stint at an architecture firm, he went on to form a collaboration experience together with Ernesto Oroza, Juan Bernal, Francis Acea and Manuel Piña under the name of Ordo Amoris Cabinet (OAC; Latin, Order of Love).[2] From 1996 until 2003 Ordo Amoris Cabinet comprised only Hernández and Francis Acea. The group created sculptural installations which incorporated various research methodologies to address social and cultural issues in Cuba.[3] They exhibited widely throughout the Americas and Europe, and disbanded in 2003. It was at this time that Hernández left Cuba for Europe.[4]

Hernández's first solo show after OAC's dissolution took place at Frehrking Wiesehöfer in Cologne. Entitled Amateur, it consisted of over 2,000 drawings created during his time in Cuba, which explored his everyday life and thoughts and mediated on the fragility and immediateness that drawing allows.[5] Throughout his practice, Hernández has continued to explore fragility and incompleteness across various mediums.[1]

His work draws heavily from his experiences and upbringing in Cuba and the culture of revolution.[6] In 2006, for instance, Hernández had three shows entitled Spies (at Alexander and Bonin in New York), Traitors (at Pepe Cobo in Madrid), and Revolution (at Kunsthalle Basel)[7] which he describes as "meticulously connected...the words 'revolution', 'spies' and 'traitors' are in the first place very familiar words or concepts to me and to my generation. All three of them have been repeated, printed and amplified millions of times by the Cuban officials...I wanted to take these big monumental words into my hands; I wanted to domesticate them. In Cuba printed or amplified politics can only be stopped if we shut our front door and switch off the radio and this is somehow what I did with these series of exhibitions; I finally moved from the streets to my living room."[1]

Hernández’s works has been included at the 51st Venice Art Biennale (Arsenale, 2005), São Paulo Art Biennial (2006), Biennale of Sydney (2006), Kunsthalle Basel (2006), Munich’s Haus der Kunst (2010), London’s Hayward Gallery (2010) and more recently with a survey at the MART in Rovereto, Italy, (2011). Hernández currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Selected exhibitionsEdit

Selected solo exhibitionsEdit

  • 2022: Olaismo, Wizard Gallery, Milan
  • 2021: Instopia, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
  • 2021: New Viewings #33, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin[8]
  • 2020: New Viewings #1 & #14, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin[9][10]
  • 2019: Salvavidas, Arsenal Habana, Cuba
  • 2019: Rebel Standing, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin[11]
  • 2018: ERAS IMAGINARIAS, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin[12]
  • 2018: Nuestra America, FL - Wizard Gallery, Milan
  • 2017: Sobre las Olas, Kunsthalle Lingen
  • 2016: Theoretical Beach, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
  • 2016: Hurricanes, FL - Wizard Gallery, Milan
  • 2016: Marina, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin[13]
  • 2015: The Book of Waves, Marlborough Contemporary, London
  • 2013: Komplette Zimmer, Capitain Petzel, Berlin
  • 2011-12: Living Rooms, a Survey, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy
  • 2011: Diango Hernández: Crystal Clear, Nicolas Krupp Contemporary, Basel
  • 2010: Diango Hernández: Museums, selected works 1996-2010, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne
  • 2009: Diango Hernández: Losing You Tonight, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen
  • 2009: TH-INK, Alexander and Bonin, New York
  • 2006: Revolution, Kunsthalle Basel
  • 2006: Spies, Alexander and Bonin, New York
  • 2006: Traitors, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid
  • 2005: The Museum of Capitalism, Städtischen Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
  • 2003: Amateur, Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne
  • 2002: Sweet Home, Espacio Aglutinador, Havana*
  • 2001: Mousepads and Screensavers, ArtPace, San Antonio, TX*
  • 1999: Esta cerca es provisional: evite ser requerido/This is a provisional Fence: Keep Out, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana*
  • 1995: Agua con azucar y La muestra provisional/Sugar Water and The Provisional Show, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo y Diseffo (MACD), San José, Costa Rica*

(* as a member of Ordo Amoris Cabinet)

Selected group exhibitionsEdit

  • 2019/2020: La Habana: Imagenes de cinco siglos, Museo Nacional del Bellas Artes de Cuba, Havana
  • 2019: No habrá nunca una puerta. Estás adentro. Obras de la Coleção Teixeira de Freitas, Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid
  • 2019: Realitätscheck, Kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam
  • 2018: Otro amanecer en el tropico, Stiftung Reinbeckhallen, Berlin
  • 2018: Lilia & Tulipan, Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen
  • 2018: Sammlung mit losen Enden 03: 21. Jahrhundert – Akt 2”, Kunsthaus NRW, Aachen
  • 2017: Two Destinations: Diango Hernández and Anne Pöhlmann, Dortmunder Kunstverein
  • 2016-17: We Call It Ludwig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  • 2016: WERE IT AS IF, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
  • 2014: Beyond the Supersquare, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
  • 2013: The New Man and The New Woman, Marlborough Contemporary, London
  • 2012: The Grand Tour, Alexander and Bonin, New York
  • 2010-11: The New Décor, Hayward Gallery, London; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
  • 2010: International 10 Exhibition: Touched, Liverpool Biennial
  • 2007: XXI Ateliers Internationaux du FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
  • 2006: Zones of Contact, 2006 Biennale of Sydney
  • 2004: Flesh at War with Enigma, Kunsthalle Basel
  • 2002: Cuba-With Eyes of Stone and Water, Helsinki Art Museum*
  • 1999: CUBA, Present!, Barbican Centre, London*
  • 1998: Thinking Aloud, Hayward Gallery, London; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Cornerhouse, Manchester*


Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Kreuzer, Stefanie, ed. Theoretical Beach. Distanz Verlag, Berlin, 2016 ISBN 978-3954761616
  • Diango Hernández: The Book of Waves. ex cat. Marlborough Contemporary, London, 2015 ISBN 978-1909693142
  • Vermeulen, Timotheus and Gerhard Obermüller. Socialist Nature, ex. cat. Berlin: Distanz Verlag, 2014 ISBN 978-3954760855
  • Diango Hernández: The New Man and the New Woman, ex. cat. London: Marlborough Contemporary, 2013 ISBN 978-1909693043
  • Diango Hernández. Living Rooms, a Survey, ex. cat. Rovereto/Trento, Italy: Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporánea di Trento e Rovereto, 2011 ISBN 978-8836622115
  • Hernández, Diango. Home. New York: Alexander and Bonin Publishing, Inc., 2011 ISBN 978-0615526270
  • Diango Hernández: Diamonds and Stones, My Education. ex cat. Wizard Gallery, Milan, 2008 ISBN 978-8862080804


  1. ^ a b c Dziewior, Yilmaz & Hernández, Diango (2011). "Revolutionary Mum: E-mail correspondence between Diango Hernández and Yilmaz Dziewior". Diango Hernández. Living Rooms, a Survey. Silvana Editoriale. pp. 40–71. ISBN 9788836622115.
  2. ^ "Ordo Amoris Cabinet (1994-2003)". diangohernandez.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Ordo Amoris Cabinet » Artpace". www.artpace.org. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  4. ^ Niklai, Jade (November 2012). "Diango Hernández: Omission versus addition". Flash Art. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  5. ^ León, Dermis Pérez (December 2012). "Diango Hernández: Educating Ourselves for Life Under Capitalism". ArtNexus. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  6. ^ Meier, Eva-Christina (July 2016). "A distanced view of the island". Goethe Institut. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  7. ^ "Revolution • Kunsthalle Basel". Kunsthalle Basel. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  8. ^ "New Viewings \ Diango Hernández". New Viewings. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  9. ^ "New Viewings \ New Viewings #1". New Viewings. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  10. ^ "New Viewings \ Diango Hernández (Part II)". New Viewings. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  11. ^ "Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Diango Hernández – Rebel Standing". Galerie Barbara Thumm. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  12. ^ "Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Diango Hernández – Eras Imaginarias". Galerie Barbara Thumm. Retrieved 2022-02-23.
  13. ^ "Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Diango Hernández – Marina". Galerie Barbara Thumm. Retrieved 2022-02-23.

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