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Meet Joana Vasconcelos, a Top Artist & Artisan From Portugal

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Today, Best Interior Designers will highlight one of the Top Artists and Artisans of Portugal: Joana Vasconcelos. She is one of the most prolific Artists of Portugal, Europe and the World, and she´s always presenting some stunning Works and Installations.

 

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Joana Vasconcelos was born in 1971. She lives and works in Lisbon, and she has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. Her work became known internationally after her participation in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, with the work A Noiva [The Bride] (2001-05), that gather amazing reviews and projected Vasconcelos to a world-class category only reserved to a select few.

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According to her Bion on her Website: “The nature of Joana Vasconcelos’s creative process is based on the appropriation, decontextualisation and subversion of pre-existent objects and everyday realities. Sculptures and installations, which are revealing of an acute sense of scale and mastery of colour, as well as the recourse to performances and video or photographic records, all combine in the materialization of concepts which challenge the pre-arranged routines of the quotidian. Starting out from ingenious operations of displacement, a reminiscence of the ready-made and the grammars of Nouveau Réalisme and pop, the artist offers us a complicit vision, but one which is at the same time critical of contemporary society and the several features which serve the enunciations of collective identity, especially those that concern the status of women, class distinction or national identity. From this process there derives a speech which is attentive to contemporary idiosyncrasies, where the dichotomies of hand-crafted/industrial, private/public, tradition/modernity and popular culture/erudite culture are imbued with affinities that are apt to renovate the usual fluxes of signification which are characteristic of contemporaneity”.

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She has had solo exhibitions and projects showcases in some of the Top Museums and Art Galleries in the world, namely the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg, France (2018); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum in Aarhus, Denmark (2016); Museu da Eletricidade, Lisbon in Portugal (2001); Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves in Oporto, Portugal (2000); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville, Spain;  Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo in Brazil (2008); Palazzo Nani Bernardo Lucheschi in Venice, Italy (2007); The New Art Gallery Walsall in England (2004); Waddesdon Manor – The Rothschild Foundation in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (2015); Manchester Art Gallery in Manchester, United Kingdom (2014); Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel (2013); and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda in Lisbon, Portugal (2013).

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One of the career highlights of Vasconcelos happened in 2012, when she became the first woman and the youngest artist to exhibit at the prestigious Palace of Versailles! Other major highlights of her career include a solo exhibition at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and several showcases at the famous Venice Biennale Art Event!

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She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions showcases in several top museums in Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Turkey or in the United States of America. Her work has also been featured in many books and some of the recent ones include “Joana Vasconcelos: Material World” (Thames & Hudson, 2015); “L’Art Contemporain”, by Éloi Rousseau (Larousse, 2015), “The Twenty First Century Art Book” (Phaidon, 2014); or the “XXL Art: When ArtistsThink Big” (Prestel, 2014). Her work has also been featured in some of the top magazines and newspapers in the world, namely Architectural Digest, CovetED, Art Actuel, Art Press, The Art Newspaper, El Mundo, The Independent, The New York Times, Le Monde or The Guardian.

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After creating a Stunning Rosary at the Sanctuary of Fatima in Portugal, this time Joana Vasconcelos surprised once again and, for Valentines Day, created a very romantic work of art in the city of love, Paris. The piece is a big red heart that illuminates the door of Cligancourt nearby Covet Paris.

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Currently, the artist exhibited at the Bon Marché and offered her heart to the city of Paris. The Portuguese have installed at the Porte de Clignancourt one of her latest works, her “Heart of Paris”, red and bright, whose inauguration takes place today Valentine’s Day. This was an initiative of Christophe Girard, Franco- Portuguese, Deputy of Culture. This sculpture called “Heart of Paris”, will be inaugurated at 18:30 pm today by Christophe Girard and Eric Lejoindre the mayor of the eighteenth. Accompany this event will have a free ball organized at the foot of the work and animated by the Petit Orchester Parisien. According to the program, it will have participatory choreography, good mood and especially a lot of love from 7 pm until the end of the night of love.

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