Pablo Reinoso

Pablo Reinoso
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Pablo Reinoso is a French-Argentine artist and designer. He was born in Argentina in 1955 and studied Architecture in Buenos Aires before moving to Paris in 1978 where he has lived and worked ever since. First introduced to carpentry by his grandfather, Reinoso began crafting furniture at the age of six. Although he began his career as a sculptor, Reinoso sees himself principally as an artist, transforming wood, slate, brass, marble, and steel into surrealist designs.

Reinoso is known for his monumental public benches, with the creation of the Spaghetti Bench in 2006 propelling him to international recognition. Through this work and others, he seeks to reconsider the role of the object, calling into question the concepts that define the object’s original function. His audacious works transform functional pieces into places of meeting and conversing, taking them beyond their ‘own nature’.

A constant feature of his work is his penchant for endlessly questioning, subverting, using materials or objects against their grain, bringing opposites together, and playing with the limits of impossibility. For Scribbling Benches (2009) he used steel beams as his starting point. This heavy item, invented to provide underlying structure for architecture, is instead twisted like string to create a light, transparent, and contemplative space. His Circulaire Bench (2012), created from ribbons of steel that flow and loop seamlessly, possessing fluid-like qualities that defy their materiality. In its circularity the bench transforms its surroundings into a place of unity and reflection, inspiring a deeper sense of social and spatial interconnectedness.

Reinoso’s work has exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan, Art Basel, Miami Basel, FIAC, Paris and ARCO, Madrid. His work also features in public collections around the world such as Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Mamba, Buenos Aires, Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. His solo exhibitions include Museo de Arte Latoamericano (Malba), Buenos Aires, Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM), Brazil and he has featured in Group shows at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York.

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  • TEFAF, Maastricht, Waddington Custot Gallery, Maastricht, Netherlands.
  • Arts Brussels, Galerie Xippas, Belgium.
  • ArtMonte-Carlo, Galerie Xippas, France.
  • ArteBA, Baro Galeria, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
  • ’10 Years of Collectible Design’, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • ‘Un Monde Renversé’, Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris, France.
  • ‘Tableaux d’une exposition’, Xippas Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland.
  • ‘Solo Show Pablo Reinoso’, Galerie miniMASTERPIECE, Design Basel, Switzerland.
  • Abu Dhabi Art Fair, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, UAE.
  • French May Festival, with the collaboration of Art Plural Gallery, Macao, China.
  • ‘Estadio Firulete’, Galeria Baró, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Xippas Arte Contemporaneo, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
  • Galerie Xippas, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
  • ‘Pablo Reinoso: A Solo Exhibition’, Art Plural Gallery, Singapore.
  • Maison Particulière, Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • Fundación YPF, Arte en la Torre, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Galeria Baró, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Installation Bamboo Light System, School Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Carpenters Workshop Gallery, London, UK.
  • Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Nouages d’Ombres, Instituto Cervantes, Paris, France.
  • Conspirations, Piece Unique Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Poltrona-Freud, Designer’s day, Poltrona Frau, Paris, France.
  • L’Air Reinoso, Centre d’art Andre Malraux, Colmar, France.
  • Cocina y Comedor, Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • The Observed, Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France.
  • Ashes to Ashes, Casa de America, Madrid, Spain.
  • Recent Work 2000 – 2001, Arsenal, Soissons, France.
  • Espace Installations, FIAC, Espace d’art Yvonamor Palix, Galeria de Arte Ruth Benzacar, Paris, France.
  • Alegoria, Hillside Gallery, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Museu Nacional de Arte Moderno de Bahia, Salvador de Bahia.
  • Centre Bazacle, Union Latine, Toulouse, France.
  • Gerard Kayser Gallery, Luxembourg.
  • Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Fernando Quintana Gallery, Bogota, Columbia.
  • Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Klemm Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Cadlhian Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Fred Lanzenberg Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Levy Gallery, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Sur Gallery, Punta del Este, Uruguay.
  • Ruth Benzacar Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • FIAC, Daniel Gervis Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Arte Multiple Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Van Riel Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Lirolay Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Philip Jodidio, 100 Great Extensions and Renovations, The Images Publishing Group Pty Ltd.
  • José Jiménez, El Final del Eclipse, Fundación Telefónica, The University of California.
  • Museo de Arte Latinoamericano (MALBA), Buenos Aires.
  • Instituto Cervantes, Paris.
  • Centre d’art André Malraux, Colmar.
  • FIAC, Espace d’art Yvonamor Palix, Paris.
  • Maison des Arts, Malakoff.
  • Museu Nacional de Arte Moderno de Bahia, Salvador de Bahia.
  • Centre Bazacle, Union Latine, Toulouse.
  • Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires.
  • FIAC, Daniel Gervis Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg.
  • Centre culturel Français de Bangkok and Culturesfrance, Bangkok.
  • Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun.
  • Design High, Louise Blouin Foundation, London.
  • Centre Pompidou, Paris. Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.
  • Museum of Arts and Design, Second Life, New York.
  • Musea Brugge, Brugge, Belgium.
  • Musée du Guandong, Canton, Chine.
  • FIAC Mouvements Modernes, Paris.
  • Centre d’art André Malraux, Colmar, France.
  • Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Echigo-Tsumari Art Ttriennial, Japan.
  • Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires.
  • Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico.
  • Museo de Arte Extremeño e Iberoamericano (MEIAC), Badajoz. Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico.
  • Musée d’art moderne, Paris.
  • Vitra Design Museum, Berlin.

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