Antonio Eligio Fernández (Tonel), 1958

Dreamed World, 1995

Wood installation

270 x 480 cm

Col. National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana

Tonel represents the world map replacing each country with the wood reproduction of the island of Cuba. It is an eminently conceptual work of minimal winks where the author takes up the theme of national identity but from the notion of megalomania, overvaluation, and chauvinism. Of clear pantheistic encouragement, Tonel, with the humor that characterizes him, by extension can refer to the Cuban’s desire to be anywhere: “I come from everywhere and everywhere I go.”

This work, which represents the island of Cuba, accompanies others in which the artist uses the Cuban geography: Bloqueo (1989), also belonging to the collection of the MNBA and Desired Country (1994).