The Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina currently presents a solo exhibition of the collective Los Carpinteros. Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) are considered as one of the most relevant international artists that emerged from Cuba in the last decade of the 20th century. Los Carpinteros is an artist duo consisting of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez. They chose to present themselves as Los Carpinteros in 1994, because they wanted to renounce the notion of individual authorship and refer to an older guild tradition of artisans. In their installations, sculptures and watercolors, Los Carpinteros mix design, architecture, and urbanism. They are interested in the intersection of art and society.
For the exhibition at Faena Arts Center Los Carpinteros chose to present three sculptural works: Avião, El Barrio, and Alumbrado Público. In this video Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez speak about their exhibition, and Alan Faena provides you with an introduction to the Faena Arts Center.
Works of Los Carpinteros are part of the collections of renowned art museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Tate Modern in London; the Museo de Bellas Artes in Havana; and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana. In 1991 they formed the collective.
The exhibition of Los Carpinteros is shown in the Sala Molinos of the Faena Arts Center. The building that houses the Faena Arts Center was once one of Argentina's first big mills. The Faena Arts Center opened in 2011 and is part of the Faena Arts District, which was developed by Fashion designer and real-estate developer Alan Faena. The center has over 4,000 m2.
Los Carpinteros at Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Opening reception, May 15, 2012. Video by Roberto Rey, Milos Deretich, Luciana Zothner, and Ángel Sánchez.
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