By: Adalys Pérez
A more attractive image will offer from next Friday, December 18 the façade of the Cuban Art building of the National Museum of Fine Arts, when the work titled Las Catedrales, by Los Carpinteros, will be reinaugurated after a comprehensive process of rebuilding it, assumed by these artists.
Made by three elements, three interchangeable tips of a screwdriver, the piece has been placed there since 2005 when it was part of the collective exhibit Escultura transeunte, organized for the 20th anniversary of the Consejo Asesor para el Desarrollo de la Escultura Monumentaria y Ambiental (CODEMA).
The ravages produced by being ten years in the open have been restored by its creators, who in a gesture of great generosity decided to donate it to the MNBA’s funds, an institution that has followed step by step their career since they were students at the University of Arts.
For the reconstruction, Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez have used higher quality firebricks, just like the mixtures they used. It has also been equipped with a more secure underground plinth and lighting systems, which also benefit the sculpture of Rita Longa, located there since 1955.
With a new conception of the contemporary cathedral, there is a slight shift in the religious way these buildings have traditionally been seen, to one in which the work—symbolized by the screwdriver tips and the bricks—stands as the center of power.
Las Catedrales from this museum are part of an international project that aims to place similar pieces in different cities around the world. In Zurich, Switzerland, it has been already installed one with five elements; whereas soon another one will open in New York.
Los Carpinteros, with a work dating from 1991, are among the most outstanding artists in the panorama of contemporary Cuban art, being one of those who have reached more recognition beyond our borders.