The exhibition “Los Carpinteros: Vital Object” offers a retrospective of one of the most highly-acclaimed art collectives at work today. With never-before-seen works of art bursting with ideas, that have been produced through the creative use of architecture, sculpture and design. Los Carpinteros consisting of Cuban artists Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez – are well known for their strong social appeal and their acid, shrewd and humorous critical eye. The artists question the utility of things and explore the clash between function and object.
The exhibition includes more than 70 works of art: sketches, watercolors, sculptures, installations, videos and site-specific pieces. The public is able to follow each phase the collective has been through, from the 1990s up to never-before-seen pieces created especially for the exhibition in Brazil, starting from the early ideas and designs. The object is the protagonist of this exhibition, forced into constant metamorphosis by the artistic view expressed in drawings, created and tested in three-dimensional models, or achieving their maximum expression as a utopia in the large installations.