Joana Vasconcelos

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Joana Vasconcelos (2018)

Joana Vasconcelos, ComIH[1] (born 8 December 1971), is a Portuguese artist. Her participation in the 2005 edition of the Venice Biennale affirmed her career within the international art circuit with the piece A Noiva (The Bride), a 20 ft. high chandelier made of over 14,000 OB tampons [1]. Moments such as her presence in Japan’s Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, in 2006; “Contaminação”, exhibited in 2008, at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, in Brazil; or the group exhibition Un Certain Etat du Monde? A Selection of Works From François Pinault Foundation Collection, presented in 2009 at the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, led to a notable international career. She was also in the grand retrospective, “Sem Rede (Without a Net)”, in 2010, at Museu Colecção Berardo in Portugal.

She was born in Paris, France, but lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.[2]


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In June 2011, the installation “Contaminação” opened the group exhibition The World Belongs to You, held at Palazzo Grassi. In 2012, Vasconcelos showed her work at the major annual contemporary art exhibition in the Palace of Versailles, thus continuing the contemporary art programme initiated in 2008. Following in the footsteps of American artist Jeff Koons, the French Xavier Veilhan and Bernar Venet, and the Japanese Takashi Murakami, Joana Vasconcelos was the first woman and the youngest contemporary artist to exhibit in Versailles.[3]

The work exhibited in Versailles was not appreciated by all. Vasconcelos' goal for the portions of the show in the Galerie des Glaces was to have her pieces, A Noiva and Carmen, were to be displayed on opposite ends of the hall, but according to what Vasconcelos was told, “...they are sexual works not appropriate at Versailles." [4]


  • 2005: Always a Little Further – La Bienalle di Venezia, Arsenale, Venice; L’Idiotie - Expérience Pommery #2, Pommery, Reims
  • 2006: Espais Oberts, Caixa Fórum, Fundación La Caixa, Barcelona; Venice – Istanbul, Istanbul Modern,Istanbul; Echigo Tsumari Triennial, Tokamachi.
  • 2007: Joana Vasconcelos, The New Art Gallery Walsall; Yellow Brick Road, Palazzo Nani Bernardo Lucheschi, Venice; A Ilha dos Amores, Galeria Mario Mauroner, Vienna
  • 2008: Contaminação, Projecto Octógono de Arte Contemporânea, Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo; Où le Noir Est Couleur, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris; L’Argent, Le Plateau, Paris
  • 2009: Un Certain État du Monde? A Selection of Works From François Pinault Foundation Collection, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscovo; À la Mode de Chez Nous: Júlio Pomar et Joana Vasconcelos, Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris; Mi Vida – Heaven and Hell – The Musac Collection in Budapest, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
  • 2010: I Will Survive, Haunch of Venison, London; Sem Rede, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon.
  • 2011: Magic Kingdom, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense; The World Belongs to You, Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Res Publica, Centenário da República, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
  • 2014: (Feb - June) 'Time Machine', Manchester City Galleries, Manchester, UK.
  • 2016/17: Textures of Life ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark
  • 2018 I'm your mirror Guggenheim Bilbao

2019 I’m your mirror Kunsthal Rotterdam


  1. ^ "Ordens Honoríficas Portuguesas" [Portuguese Honorary Orders] (in Portuguese). Presidency of the Portuguese Republic. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. ^ Joana Vasconcelos Biography Retrieved April 28, 2013
  3. ^ Evelyne Politanoff, The Huffington Post "Versailles by Joana Vasconcelos" Retrieved April 28, 2013
  4. ^ Joana Vasconcelos: Versailles - review Retrieved April 25, 2013

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