Los CarpinterosMAY 2012 to JULY 2012
The collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters) has consolidated an artistic work that has made them one of the most relevant international figures emerged from Cuba in the last decade of the twenty century. Graduated from the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) in Havana, they formed the collective in 1991. The duo, consisting of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez, adopted their name in 1994, deciding to renounce the notion of individual authorship and refer to an older guild tradition of artisans.
Focus on the relationship between art and society, the group mixes design, architecture, urbanism in astonishing and often humorous ways. In their carefully crafted installations, sculptures and watercolors they establish peculiar statements towards the object and its function, art and the everyday, uselessness and practicality, autonomy and social meaning.Los Carpinteros's pieces are part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, the Tate Modern, London, the Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, and Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, etc…They have participated in exhibitions at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, New Museum (U.S), P.S. 1, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Art in General, Artists Space and Arizona State University in U.S. Also in Es baluard Museu d´ Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Spain; Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba; Hayward Gallery, UK; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Brazil; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; Helsinki Art Museum, Finland, Landesmuseum Joanneum, Austria.