b. 1971, France

Joana Vasconcelos Artworks

Joana Vasconcelos' practice toys with the appropriation and de-contextualisation of everyday objects and realities. Her work is usually site-specific and includes performance components that encourage viewers to physically engage with her sculptures.

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The Bride (A Noiva) (2001–05)

The Bride (A Noiva) (2001–05) is one of Vasconcelos' most famous artworks. For this sculpture, the artist designed a twenty-foot high chandelier that replaced the structure's traditional crystal adornments with cotton tampons. By swapping crystals for tampons, Vasconcelos constructs a powerful metaphor for femininity in the contemporary.

Joana Vasconcelos Versailles (2012)

In 2012, Vasconcelos was invited to exhibit her work at the Palace of Versailles in France. The exhibition made Vasconcelos the first woman and the youngest artist to show her work at the château's annual contemporary art exhibition.

In this exhibition, Vasconcelos explores the mythology and grandeur of Versailles while transporting it into the contemporary. Her sculpture, Marilyn (2009), presents an oversized pair of high heel shoes made from stainless steel saucepans and their lids. By merging a domestic object with the romantic and elegant symbol of high heels, Vasconcelos references the private and public roles women are often expected to play in society.

Public Commissions

In 2018, Vasconcelos was commissioned to design a permanent installation for part of the extension of the T3 tramline in Paris. Titled Coeur de Paris, Vasconcelos' artwork is made up of nearly 4000 tiles and includes lights that turn on and off to the rhythm of a beating heart.

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Rosalinda by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Joana Vasconcelos Rosalinda, 2019 Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, Azores crocheted lace
25 x 55 x 125 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Ponti by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Joana Vasconcelos Ponti, 2019 Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, handmade cotton crochet
13 x 39 x 34 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Benigni by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture
Joana Vasconcelos Benigni, 2017 Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro acrylic painted faience, tatting
82 x 31 x 60 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Aurélia by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture
Joana Vasconcelos Aurélia, 2014 Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro faience with ceramic glaze, Azores crocheted lace
31 x 115 x 90 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Malu by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture
Joana Vasconcelos Malu, 2019 Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro faience with ceramic glaze, Azores crocheted lace
14 x 50 x 67 cm
Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea Contact Gallery
Green Pea by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture
Joana Vasconcelos Green Pea, 2015 Dog faience handmade cotton crochet
69 x 30 x 49 cm
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Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea
Isis by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork works on paper
Joana Vasconcelos Isis, 2017 Acrylic felt on paper
50 x 50 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Flâneur 2 by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork mixed media
Joana Vasconcelos Flâneur 2, 2016 88 x 60 x 54 cm La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Heart of Glass by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork mixed media
Joana Vasconcelos Heart of Glass, 2017 Woollen hook, LED, polyester on canvas, frame with gold trim, power supply, plywood, unique
89 x 67.5 x 25 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Cherry Bomb by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork mixed media
Joana Vasconcelos Cherry Bomb, 2017 Woollen hook, LED, polyester on canvas, frame with gold trim, power supply, plywood, unique
87 x 68.5 x 36 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Blue Rose by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork mixed media
Joana Vasconcelos Blue Rose, 2016 Stainless steel shower heads, handmade woollen crochet, fabrics, ornaments, polyester
246 x 95 x 47 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Valentao by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork mixed media
Joana Vasconcelos Valentao, 2014 Ceramic and cotton lace
82 x 42 x 30 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Stendhal by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork mixed media
Joana Vasconcelos Stendhal, 2018 Ceramic and cotton lace
13 x 39 x 34 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Material Girl by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture
Joana Vasconcelos Material Girl, 2015 Handmade cotton hook, issues, LED, ornaments, inflatable structure, power, steel cable
525 x 935 x 2300 cm
La Patinoire Royale – galerie Valérie Bach Contact Gallery
Ria Formosa by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork print
Joana Vasconcelos Ria Formosa, 2017 Etching with blockprinting and hand colouring
80 x 101.5 cm
Paragon Contact Gallery
Florence Nightingale by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork sculpture
Joana Vasconcelos Florence Nightingale, 2014 Viuva Lamego hand printed tiles, handmade woollen crochet, ornamenets, polyester, MDF, iron
237 x 124 x 60 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
Majestic Lion by Joana Vasconcelos contemporary artwork mixed media
Joana Vasconcelos Majestic Lion Handmade woollen crochet, ornaments, polyester, on canvas, stucco, gold leaf, MDF, iron
149 x 219 x 50 cm
Pearl Lam Galleries Contact Gallery
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