Carlos Betancourt, Cabinet of Wonders: Ornament and Obsession: solo exhibit, curated by Mariangela Cappuzzo, Venice Projects, Venice, Italy ( also in collaboration with Glasstress, Fondazione Berengo, Murano, Italy)
Cabinet of Wonders: Ornament and Obsession Personal Show of Carlos Betancourt
Venice / 29 August to 30 September 2012 Venice Projects / Dorsoduro 868, 30123 Venice
During the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice Projects will host the first solo exhibition in Italy of the artist Carlos Betancourt.
Venice Projects will host three series of works, El Portal, Re-collections, and some sculptures, created from a collection of recycled objects that are an allegorical representation of the artist's life.
The gallery becomes a sort of Wunderkammer – a Renaissance chamber of wonders - through which the artist portrays himself.
Carlos Betancourt was born in Puerto Rico in 1966. Since 1981, he has lived in Miami Beach, Florida, where he works. His works are found in some of the most important American public collections, including those of the Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and the Miami Art Museum. Carlos Betancourt is also one of the founders of 801 Projects, an arts center that provides studios for artists living in Miami.
Venice Projects: Venice Projects promotes internationally recognized and young emerging artists, united by a common interest in experimenting with materials and their innovative use in unfamiliar contexts. It takes particular interest in those artists who, occasionally or regularly, use glass as a medium of contemporary expression. Venice Projects partners with public and private institutions to develop important international cultural projects. Through its cultural programs and site-specific projects, it seeks to create interesting opportunities for discussion and experimentation related to the use of glass in contemporary art. The gallery was officially founded in Switzerland in 2007, but moved permanently to Venice in 2010.