The Kingdom of This World, Reimagined
09/24/2021 to 01/09/2022
407 S. Jefferson Street Pensacola, FL 32502
Pensacola Museum of Art
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pensacola Museum of Art
Pensacola Museum of Art exhibit frames the Haitian Revolution with contemporary, varied perspectives
Pensacola, Fla.–September 3, 2021– The Kingdom of This World, Reimagined provides a new look at the
real and imagined stories told in Alejo Carpentier’s 1949 historical novel, “The Kingdom of This World,”
which recounts the Haitian Revolution in his signature literary style– lo real maravilloso, or the marvelous
This exhibit, opening at the Pensacola Museum of Art this month, presents a selection of contemporary
work inspired by Carpentier’s novel which recounts the Haitian Revolution and its profound impact on the
emergent nation. For the book’s 70th anniversary, an international cohort of artists, each with ties to the
Caribbean, responds to Carpentier’s innovative storytelling via a dynamic grouping of artworks that interpret
the historical chronicling of the Caribbean through visual means.
The exhibit’s curator believes this exhibition is especially important to residents of Florida, where Caribbean
influences run deep.
“As someone who has lived in both the Panhandle and South Florida, I am so grateful to the PMA for
bringing this exhibition, and the work of these eleven extraordinary artists, to Pensacola. Florida is tied to
the Caribbean in many ways, and I firmly believe in the importance of seeing those ties reflected in the arts
of this region,” says Lesley Wolff, exhibition curator.
Two special programming events will be available for the general public in conjunction with the exhibit. On
September 24 at 6 p.m., the PMA will be hosting an Artist Talk with the exhibit’s curator, Lesley A. Wolff,
Ph.D., and the Haitian-American artist Edouard Duval-Carrié.
On October 8 at 2 p.m., the museum will be hosting a virtual panel discussion for the general public. The
discussion will surround the historical events and processes in the Caribbean that continue to be persistent
and relevant to the idea of social justice today.
This exhibition was developed by Edouard Duval-Carrié in collaboration with Lesley Wolff in partnership with
the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Funding for the exhibition and programming was provided through a grant
from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Kingdom of this World, Reimagined will be on view at the Pensacola Museum of Art from September 24,
2021 to January 9, 2022. The PMA is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on
Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about exhibitions, programming or support, visit