Some of the works that will be included in the exhibition are, "Marilyn" ( two shoes with stiletto heels, made of stainless steel pans, lids and cement), Gabriel staircase by Mary Poppins (a vast tentacular body made from an original mix of textiles and pre-existing objects, an assembly of industrial textures and hand-sewn fabrics) and The Red and Black Independent Hearts (that reproduce the Viana heart – an emblematic theme of Portuguese jewellery - and offer two monumental versions of it: one black, the other red, colours that symbolise death and passion, war and peace) .
Joana has also created a drawing for a tapestry, especially for this event, which will be manufactured at the Tapestry Factory of Portalegre and will measure approximately 13 sqm.
Since 2008, the surroundings of the Palace of Versailles (Chateâu de Versailles) have assisted to narratives between great artists of the Baroque period - André Le Nôtre, Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Charles Le Brun, Jules Hardouin-Mansart - and contemporary artists: Jeff Koons in 2008, Xavier Veilhan in 2009, Takashi Murakami in 2010 and Bernar Venet in 2011.
From 19 June to 30 September 2012, the public will have the opportunity to see the works of one of the most successful Portuguese contemporary artists and the first woman to exhibit in this project, as well as the youngest until today.
Joana Vasconcelos was born in Paris in 1971.
- The exhibition is open every day except Mondays.
- For the works exhibited in the Grand Apartments, open from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm (last admission at 6:00 pm).
- For the works exhibited in the gardens, open from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm.
More information about this exhibit at:- http://www.vasconcelosversailles.com/
And more on these unique tapestries at http://www.mtportalegre.pt