The Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex (Complejo Cultural Teresa Carreño), also known as Teresa Carreño Theater (Teatro Teresa Carreño), is the most important theatre of Caracas and Venezuela, where performances include symphonic and popular concerts, opera, ballet and plays. It is the second largest theater in South America after the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires.
The theatre was built on a 22 thousand square meter lot and named after the Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreño. It is located in the cultural district of the city near the Caobos Park and the building that was occupied by the Caracas Athenaeum up to 2009. It houses two concert halls: the José Félix Ribas and the Ríos Reyna.
The Teresa Carreño Theatre is an architectonical and cultural masterpiece of Venezuela. It covers a surface of 22,586 m² and has a completed area of over 80,000 m². Enormous columns and hexagonal roofs in an harmonic overlaid position, integrate the majestic expression of joint architecture and pluralist nature, making it a unique theatre.
The Theater has extraordinary decoration, with fine pieces of artwork.
- There are some major master pieces from the Venezuelan sculptor Jesús Rafael Soto: white vibrant cubes on yellow projection.
- Pedro Basalo created the Bust of Teresa Carreño located in Cellar 1 area.
- Harry Abend developed the Relief mural on inclined screens (in the troncopiramidal peak of the scene of the Ríos Reyna).
- There are also major artist with presence in the Cultural Complex, such as Erling Oloe, Colette Dellozane, Jorge Pizzani and Vincenzo Gemito.