In memory of Desiderio Navarro (1948-2017)

We at the Prince Claus Fund are saddened by the news of the passing of Desiderio Navarro, an extraordinary cultural activist and Prince Claus Laureate. His vigorous intellect, dedication to stimulating discourse, and his contributions to Cuban society will not be forgotten. 

Desiderio Navarro was esteemed as a thinker, writer, editor, translator and cultural organiser who devoted himself to the development of intellectual thought and analysis. He edited and produced one of the world’s outstanding journals, Criterios, which collects important critical essays on aesthetics and the theories of literature, arts and culture. 

He also ran the Criterios Centre for the study of theory and culture, with its library and its popular seminars and debates that feature international speakers. Navarro himself wrote sharp, timely and erudite essays that influence leaders in the arts. Navarro’s dedication to expanding public knowledge and his ability to transcend boundaries through publication and debate were recognised with the Prince Claus Award in 2009. 

“Desiderio Navarro is honoured for his passionate dedication to the diffusion of critical intellectual knowledge on cultural theories, for his insightful writing and analysis, and for his outstanding contributions to freedom of expression and cultural development in Cuba.” - 2009 Prince Claus Awards Committee

Our condolences to his family and friends, and to the many people whose lives he touched.

In memory of Desiderio Navarro (1948-2017)

"esteemed thinker, writer, editor, translator & cultural organiser"

In memory of Desiderio Navarro (1948-2017)

We at the Prince Claus Fund are saddened by the news of the passing of Desiderio Navarro, an extraordinary cultural activist and Prince Claus Laureate. His vigorous intellect, dedication to stimulating discourse, and his contributions to Cuban society will not be forgotten.  Desiderio Navarro was esteemed as a thinker, writer, editor, translator and cultural organiser who devoted himself to...

 
 
 
 

In memory of Desiderio Navarro (1948-2017)

We at the Prince Claus Fund are saddened by the news of the passing of Desiderio Navarro, an extraordinary cultural activist and Prince Claus Laureate. His vigorous intellect, dedication to stimulating discourse, and his contributions to Cuban society will not be forgotten.  Desiderio Navarro was esteemed as a thinker, writer, editor, translator and cultural organiser who devoted himself to...