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Diango Hernández

Diango Hernández
Born 1970
Sancti Spíritus

Diango Hernández is a Cuban artist.


Hernandez was born in 1970 in Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. He earned a degree in industrial design at the Havana Superior Institute of Design (ISDI). After graduation in 1994 he began a collaboration experience together with Ernesto Oroza, Juan Bernal, Francis Acea and Manuel Piña under the name "Ordo Amoris Cabinet", after the Latin words for "order" and "love". From 1996 until 2003 Ordo Amoris Cabinet was only formed by Diango Hernández and Francis Acea. The duo's sculptural installations were exhibited throughout Cuba, Europe, and North America. Exhibiting widely 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 (2011) in Rovereto, Italy. Hernandez currently lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Awards and Residencies

  • 2012 Premio Rotary Club, MIART, Milan, Italy
  • 2012 Artist in residency, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy
  • 2010 Artist in residency, Blood Mountain Foundation, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2008 Rubens-Förderpreis der Stadt Siegen, Germany
  • 2007 Premio Icona, Verona, Italy
  • 2007 Artist in residence at Frac des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
  • 2005 Artist in residence, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • 2001 Artist in residency Artpace Foundation, San Antonio, US*
  • 1998 Artist in residence, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany*
  • 1997 Artist in residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada*
  • an asterisk indicates the exhibition was as Ordo Amoris Cabinet, Havana 1994-2003

Collaborations and Projects

  • 1994-2003+ Ordo Amoris Cabinet (with Ernesto Oroza, Francis Acea, Juan Bernal and Manuel Piña)
  • 2009 Sun State (with Mouse on Mars)
  • 2009+ with Anne Pöhlmann
  • 2010+ with Valéria Fazekas
  • 2010 Creates Inspire me, again Blog, together with Anne Pöhlmann
  • 2012 Creates lonelyfingers Artist's on-line platform, together with Anne Pöhlmann


Solo exhibitions


・‘The stamps that never travelled and the birds that never flew’, Benveniste Contemporary, ARCO, Madrid, Spain

・‘Folded Tigers’, Philara – Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Düsseldorf, Germany

・‘Drawing the human figure’ (curated by Nuno Faria), Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy


・‘Lonely fingers’ (curated by Georg Elben), Marl Skulpturenmuseum, Marl, Germany

・‘Diango Hernandez. Living rooms, a survey’ (curated by Yilmaz Dziewior), MART, Rovereto, Italy

・‘Crystal clear’, Nicolas Krupp Contemporary Art, Basel, Switzerland

・‘If I send you this’, Alexander and Bonin, NY, US

・‘Line dreamers’, Haus im Süden, Cologne, Germany

・‘The stamps that never travelled and the birds that never flew’, Benveniste Contemporary, Benveniste Contemporary, Madrid, Spain


・ ‘A kiss, a hat, a stamp’, Blood Mountain Foundation, Budapest, Hungary

・‘Museums: Selected works 1996 / 2010’, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne, Germany


・‘Losing you tonight: Flying memories’, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, FIAC, Paris, France

・‘Losing you tonight’ (curated by Eva Schmidt), Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen, Germany

・‘Define gravity. Sun State #3’, collaboration with Mouse on Mars, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne, Germany

・‘The importance of a line’ (curated by Nuno Faria), Porta33, Madeira, Portugal

・‘Giardino tropicale’, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Artissima, Turin, Italy

・‘La historia, mi juguete preferido’, Pepe Cobo y Cia, Madrid, Spain

・‘Th-ink’, Alexander and Bonin, NY, US

・‘El manual del tractorista arrepentido’ (curated by Adriano Pedrosa), Alexander and Bonin, NY, Zona Maco, Mexico City, Mexico

・‘It is also my history’, Pepe Cobo y Cia, ArtCologne, Cologne, Germany

・‘Building beyond success’, collaboration with Anne Pöhlmann, Clages, Cologne, Germany


・‘Inspire me, again’, Stella Lohaus Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

・‘Diamonds and stones: My education’, Federico Luger Gallery, now FL GALLERY Milan, Italy

・‘out-of-place artifacts (OOPArt)’, Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer, Cologne / Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany


・‘Objects of ridicule’, Alexander and Bonin, NY, US

・‘Victoria’ together with Andrzej Wróblewski (curated by Joanna Kordjak), National Museum, Warsaw, Poland

・‘Swans without a lake’ (curated by Melanie Bono), Neuer Aachener Kunstverein NAK, Aachen, Germany

・‘The fruit of evil’, Galería Pepe Cobo, ArtBasel Miami Beach, Miami, US

・‘Mother the future was a political lie…’, Galerie Frehrking Wiesehöfer, ArtCologne, Cologne, Germany

・‘Power pencil’, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto, Italy


・‘Dictators’, Galerie Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne, Germany

・‘The factory of silence’, National Bank of, Düsseldorf, Germany

・‘Traitors’, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain

・‘Spies’, Alexander and Bonin, NY, US

・‘Revolution’ (curated by Adam Szymczyk and Simone Neuenschwander), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland


・‘The museum of capitalism’ (curated by Susanne Titz), Altes Museum/Abteiberg Museum, Mönchengladbach, Germany

・‘Waiting’, Galerie Frehrking Wiesehöfer, ArtForum, Berlin, Germany

・‘Palabras’, Pepe Cobo, Arco Art Fair, Madrid, Spain

・‘Revantgarde’, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto, Italy


・‘Democracy’ together with Boris Michailov (curated by Dagmar Behr), Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany

・‘Amateur’ (curated by Rutger Wolfson), De Vleeshal, Middelburg, Netherlands


・‘Amateur,’ Galerie Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne, Germany


・‘Sweet home’, Espacio Aglutinador, Havana, Cuba*


・‘Mousepads and screensavers’ (curated by Cuauhtemoc Medina), ArtPace, San Antonio, US*

・‘Network transmission / Summer days’, Adamski Frehrking Wiesehöfer Galerie, Cologne, Germany*


・‘Esta cerca es provisional: Evite ser requerido / This is a provisional fence: Keep out’, Centro de Desarrollo de Las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba*


・‘Hiking Raffle’, Banff Centre for the Arts, Alberta, Canada*

・‘Hormigón armado’, Centro de Desarrollo de Las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba*


・‘Agua con azúcar y La muestra provisional’ (curated by Helmo Hernández), Centro de Desarrollo de Las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba* / Museo de Arte Contemporáneo y Diseño (MACD), San José, Costa Rica*

・‘Para saber quien soy’, Centro de Desarrollo de Las Artes Visuales, Havana, Cuba


・‘Bésame Habana’, Centro de Arte y Diseño, Havana, Cuba*

  • an asterisk indicates the exhibition was as Ordo Amoris Cabinet

Group exhibitions

Whose (His)Story, Kunstverein Hamburg, curated by Yilmaz Dziewior


‘Newtopia: The State of Human Rights’ (curated by Katerina Gregos), Mechelen, Belgium

‘Chaotic trajectories’ (curated by Thomas Rehbein), Temporary Gallery, Cologne, Germany


‘Sammlung im Prozess’ (curated by Georg Elben), Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, Marl, Germany

‘Hans hat Glück’, Castle Gandegg, Appiano, Italy

‘The silver show’, NAK, Aachen, Germany

‘Entropia’, Philara – Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Düsseldorf, Germany

‘DC Bonus’, Schmidt Maczollek / Michael Wiesehöfer / Thomas Zander, Forum für Fotografie, Cologne, Germany

‘New Space’, Federico Luger, Milan, Italy

‘Colors for a new home, Signs of love and other paintings’, Alexander and Bonin, NY, US

’Fronteras en mutación, en tránsito of Bridges & Borders (fase III)‘, CCEBA, Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires, Argentina

‘Local host‘ (International artists in / from NRW At AZKM), Ausstellungshalle Zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster

‘Tracks’, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein

‘Drawings wall’, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto, Italy


‘Neues Rheinland. Die Postironische Generation’ (curated by Stefanie Kreuzer), Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

‘Fiona Banner / Marcus Becker / Diango Hernández’ Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin, Germany

‘4 on paper’ Alexander and Bonin NY, US

‘Face to face’ Pepe Cobo y Cia, Madrid, Spain

‘Touched’ The 10th Liverpool Biennial (curated by Peter Gorschlüter), Tate Liverpool, UK

‘The new décor’ (curated by Ralph Rudolf), Hayward Gallery, London, UK / Garage CCC, Moscow, Russia

‘Star city’ (curated by Alex Farquharson), Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

‘Who wants to use my window?’ Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto, Italy

‘Goldene Zeiten’ (curated by Patrizia Dander and Julienne Lorz), Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

‘Modelos para armar: Thinking Latin America from the MUSAC collection, León, Spain

‘A philosophical enquiry into the origin of our ideas of the fear and terror’ (curated by Helmut Friedel and Giovanni Iovane), Galleria Gentili, Prato, Italy

‘Languages and experimentations’ MART, Rovereto, Italy

‘Larger than life stranger than fiction’ (curated by Ulrike Groos), 11th Triennale der Kleinplastik Fellbach bei Stuttgart, Germany


‘Ordinary revolutions’ (curated by Stefanie Kreuzer), Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

‘Das Gespinst’ (curated by Wilhelm Schurmann), Museum Abteiberg, Mochengladbach, Germany

‘Performa 09′ (curated by Lara Pan) NY, US

‘Danielle Kawaaitaal and Diango Hernández’, Monkeys Island, Cologne, Germany

‘Precarious Form’ (curated by Veit Loers), Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Austria

‘ev + a 2009, Reading the city’ (curated by Yilmaz Dziewior), Limerick City, Ireland

‘Cambio de aceite’, Pepe Cobo y Cia, Madrid, Spain


Open Plan Living, Art TLV, [1] Helena Rubinstein Pavilion & Gan Ka'akov, Tel Aviv, Israel

Baghdad / Space cog / Analyst, [2] Frith Street Gallery, London, UK

Arise! ye starvelings…, [3] Pallas Contemporary Projects, Dublin, Ireland

This is not the way I remember it, [4] Anna Helwing Gallery, LA, US

Archivo Sur, [5] FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

Registered, (KONGRESS DER FUTUROLOGEN) [6] ICA, Dunaujvaros, Hungary

Urban Sculpture, on Via Dante Milano [7] Milano, Italy

Wessen Geschichte, Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany


Disegni, Galleria Civica di Monfalcone, curated by Andrea Bruciati. Monfalcone, Italy

Video Latino Americano, curated by Antonio Arevalo, Foro de las Naciones Monterrey, Mexico

Jahresgaben 2007, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany

Jahresgaben 2007, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany

¿Qué pasa con las flores?, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain

Ironia Domestica: Uno sguardo curioso tra collezioni private italiane, Museidon: Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano, Italy

Made in Germany, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany

Andrzej Wróblewski 1927-1957, Project Room, The National Museum, Warsaw, Poland

Mr. President, University Art Museum, State University of New York, Albany, US


Biennale of Sevilla, Spain

Biennale of Sydney, Australia

São Paulo Biennial, Brasil

Out of the Blue, Federico Luger Gallery, Milan, Italy


Always a little further, Arsenale di Venezia, 51st Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM/Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany

Roboter, Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim, Germany

Biwak, Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Cologne, Germany

Revantgarde, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto, Italy

Nuova Segnale, Federico Luger Gallery, Milano, Italy


Flesh at War with Enigma, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

doku/fiction. Mouse on Mars - reviewed & remixed, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

Jahresgaben 2004, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg, Germany

Jahresgaben 2004,Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany

In Ictu Oculi, Pepe Cobo Gallery, Sevilla, Spain

Wildlife 04 final, Sommerpalast, Neuss, Germany

Bookies, M29 Brückner + Richter, Cologne, Germany

Mideo/Fear, Pepe Cobo Gallery, Sevilla, Spain

With Eyes of Stone and Water, Gallery 3,14, Bergen, Norway*


Centauro, 8va Bienal de la Habanal, Havana, Cuba

Stretch, Power Plant Gallery, Toronto, Canada*


Prophets of Boom. The Schürmann Collection, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany*

With Eyes of Stone and Water, Helsinki Art Museum, Finland*

Atravesados. Deslizamientos de identidades y géneros", Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Spain*

FITAC. VIII foro sobre teoría del Arte Contemporáneo. Monterrey, México*

La Huella Múltiple, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales. Havana*


Short Stories, La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano, Italy*

Un dia como otro cualquiera/A day like any other day, 7th Havana Biennial, Cuba*

I am Cuba Double play, Tirana Biennale. Tirana, Albania*


La conjuncion de la nada, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts, Havana, Cuba*


CUBA, Presentl. Barbican Centre, London, UK*

Thinking Aloud, Camden Art Centre, London, UK*


Antennas: Network Transmission/Taxi Limosina. Provisional Utopias, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen/Kunsthaus Berlin, Germany*

Il Salon de arte cubano contemporanso, Center for the Development of the Visual Arts/Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam /CENCREM/ Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba*

Thinking Aloud, The Hayward Gallery, London; Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Cornerhouse, Manchester, UK*

Entropy at Home, Schürmann Collection, Suermondt Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany*

The Campaign Against Living Miserably, Royal College of Art, London, UK*


The Russian mountain, 3. Manifestation Internationale Vidéo et Art Électronique, Montreal, Canada*

Rompiendo los moldes, 6th Havana Biennial, Cuba*


Ultimas Noticias, Galería de Matanzas, Cuba*


Una de cada clase, Next Generation Show, Centro de Arte y Diseño, Havana, Cuba*

  • an asterisk indicates the exhibition was as Ordo Amoris Cabinet

Selected bibliography

  • 2006 ARCO ’06, Volume 1. Madrid: ARCO/IFEMA Feria de Madrid

Neuenschwander, Simon. "Simone Neuenschwander in conversation with Diango Hernádez." Kunsthalle Basel (4 January 2006): 3-5

  • 2005 Always a Little Further: 51st International Art Exhibition. Venice: La Biennale

di Venezia Diango Hernández: revantgarde New York: Lucas & Sternberg Kempkes, Anke. “Let Us Talk About Revant-Garde: In conversation with Diango Hernández.” in Flesh at War with Enigma ex. cat. Basel: Kunsthalle Basel Revuelta, Laura. "Diango Hernández." in elected affnities ex. cat. Madrid: ARCO/IFEMA Roboter, ex. cat. Rüsselsheim: Opelvillen

  • 2004 doku/fiction: Mouse on Mars: Reviewed & Remixed. Düsseldorf: Kunsthalle


  • 2002 Cuba - with Eyes of Stone and Water. (essay by Winzen, Matthias) Helsinki:

Helsinki City Art Museum Prophets of Boom: Collection Schürmann. Köln: Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

  • 2001 Short Stories. Milano: La Fabrica del Vapore

"Dreaming Red - Creating ArtPace", ArtPace, San Antonio, TX Eligio, Antonio (Tonel), "Culture and Society in the Work of Cuban Artists." In Art Cuba: The Next Generation. New York: Harry Abrams "Atravesados. Deslizamientos de identidad y género", Havanna, Cuba

  • 1999 Eligio, Antonio (Tonel). "Esta cerca es provisional / Evite ser Requerido", (This

is a Provisional Fence / Keep Out), Edition: Ordo Amoris Cabinet, Havana Hernandez, Orlando, "Trabajando Pa'l Inglé", Barbican Centre, London, UK

  • 1998 "Provisorische Utopien", Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen,

Yedgar, Ariella. "The Campaign against living Miserably", Royal College of Art, London

  • 1996 Hernandez, Helmo. "Hormigón Armado" (Reinforced Concrete), Edition: Ordo

Amoris Cabinet

  • 1997 "Utopian Territories: New Art from Cuba", Vancouver

Articles and reviews

  • 2005 Revuelta, Laura. “Diango Hernández, ARCO Special - A Retrospective”, Madrid

Tomasini, Marco. “Hernández in Biennale”, l'Adige, May 31, Trento, Italy Vetrocq, Marcia E. “Venice Biennale: Be Careful What You Wish For.” Art in America (September 2005): 109-119

  • 2004 León, Dermis Pérez. “Diango Hernández: Amateur”, ArtNexus N° 52, V.

3/2004, USA

  • 2001 Quinones, Paul. "Short Stories: La Fabrica del Vapore, Milano”, Flash Art 2001,


  • 2000 Fernandez, Frencis. “Rusty Scope’ from Cornell to Resnor”, Arte Cubano 3

Rodriguez, Hilda. “Espacios para una comunicaciòn deseada”, Arte Cubano 3

  • 1999 Grant, Simon. “Imagination at full stretch”, Evening Standard, May 12, London

Fuentes, Elvis. “Tan lejos tan cerca”, La Gaceta de Cuba, N° 8 Eligio, Antonio. “Esta cerca es provisional / Evite ser Requerido”, Revista La Gaceta de Cuba Eligio, Antonio (Tonel). “Por la Habana en Limosina” La Gaceta de Cuba, N° 6, S. 22 Hunt, Ian. “Thinking Aloud”, Art Monthly, February

  • 1998 Greess, Gabriela. “Überlebenskunst”, Süddeutsche Zeitung (July) Germany

Becker, Wolfgang. “Provisorische Utopien”, Ludwig Forum Aachen, Germany

  • 1997 Moya, Nelson.“Agua con Azucar y Muestra Provisional 1 en el MADC”, Fanal

No. 14, Spain

  • 1996 Molina, Juan Antonio.“Ordo Amoris. Hacia un diseño pragmatico”, La Gaceta

de Cuba, No. 4 (1996)

  • 1995 Alberdi, Virginia, “The Next Generation”, Arte Cubano No. 2 (1995)

Public collections

  • Espacio de Arte Contemporáneo Almagro, Almagro, Spain
  • FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
  • Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany [8]
  • Palazzo Forti Verona, Verona, Italy [9]
  • Galleria Civica di Monfalcone, Italy
  • MOMA, NY
  • Inhotim, Brazil
H (Home) A guided visit through Diango Hernández’sstudio and a closer view to his background and way of working. Published by Alexander and Bonin Publishing, Inc. - Produced by dh artworks, 2011


  • "Diango Hernandez". Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer 2000-2010. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
  • "Diango Hernandez". Alexander and Bonin, NY. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  • "Diango Hernandez". Capitain Petzel, Berlin. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  • "Diango Hernandez". Barbara Thumm, Berlin. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  • "Diango Hernandez". Diango Hernandez official website. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 

External links

  • "PEPE COBO". Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  • "Federico Luger Gallery - Diango Hernandez". Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  • "Diango Hernández at Alexander and Bonin". Archived from the original on January 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  • "Diango Hernandez - Galerie Michael Wiesehöfer". Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  • "STELLA LOHAUS GALLERY". Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  • "THE MUSEUM OF CAPITALISM - Diango Hernandez (works)". Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
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