Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Creative Mind: Joana Vasconcelos

cre*a*tiv*i*ty: the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations 

On June 19, 2012, the Château de Versailles will host an exhibit by the first female and youngest contemporary artist to do so on its historical grounds- Joana Vasconcelos. As you can see already, Joana is the embodiment of creativity.

Versailles has hosted contemporary artwork exhibits since 2008. This year, the Paris born, Lisbon resident will take her unusual creations and display them throughout the palace. The Marilyn shoes will be staged in the Hall of Mirrors.

Marilyn, 2011  
A pair of nearly 3m tall, high-heeled shoes made from stainless steel cooking pans.
One of Joana's earliest, well-known works is the chandelier, A Noiva (the bride), displayed in 2005 for the Venice Biennale.

A Noiva (the bride), 2001

The chandelier was made out of 25,000 OB tampons (with no applicator) 

This filigree teapot, standing 5 meters high, is now on display at Waddesdon Manor for its outdoor exhibition of contemporary sculpture by leading artists of our time, Sculpture in the Gardens, held from May 26-October 28, 2012. It was conceived as a tribute to the history of Portugal's role in bringing tea from the far East into Europe and the country's part in developing that trade over the subsequent centuries.

“Pavillon de Thé”

Photos below record the installation of the fantastical teapot at the Manor. 

 "Mr. Wine", 2010

At Versailles,  among other things, Ms. Vasconcelos will explore the role of women's achievements, beginning with Marie Antoinette and Perruque, 2012, a large-scale wig placed in the former queen’s state apartment. Guards, 2005, featuring two marble lions enveloped in intricate crochet, will be situated in the Queen’s guard room.

We look forward to seeing all that she has up her sleeve at

 P.S. 6-16-12 Here are the high-heeled shoes, Marilyn, 2011 in Versailles:

Cool or what?


1 comment:

  1. omg!!! I LOVE this artist. Especially that chandelier. And what it's made of... Thanks so much for posting.
    We're going to be at Versailles about a week too soon for this exhibit. :-(



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