Friday, 15 June 2012

Versailles commission Joana Vasconcelos

A computer rendering of Marilyn, 2011 by Joana Vasconcelos

The Art Newspaper has published an article which reveals the next commission at the Chateau de Versailles by Joana Vasconcelos, following the previous display of work by Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons in the rather over-the-top palace surroundings.

Portugese artist Joana Vasconcelos will be producing a pair of high heeled shoes made out of saucepans, standing nearly 3 metres high, for display in the Hall of Mirrors. She will also envelop a pair of marble lions in crochet in the Queen's guard room. Wonder if she's heard about the crochet lions being produced for 2012?

Happy family, 2006 by Joana Vasconcelos, an example of her beautiful crochet work

According to a press statement, the work is intended as an “ode to women’s achievements both in the private and public spheres”, and is juxtaposed with Charles LeBrun’s very male depiction of battle glory in the ceiling paintings and medallions of the hall. 

Vasconcelos became well known for her 2005 contribution to the Venice Biennale, A Noiva (The Bride), a giant chandelier made of more than 25,000 tampons.

A Noiva

There are lots of beautiful examples of Vasconcelos's work at:

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