“Joana Vasconcelos”

Rendezvous at the Patinoire Royale!

It’s a majestic space stretching over nearly 3,000 m2, which once delighted roller skaters. Today it’s an exhibition space with a difference, in the middle of Brussels. We spend an hour with Valérie Bach and find out about her commitment to contemporary art… at the heart of a historic monument. Valérie Bach moved to Brussels in 2005. At that time, she opened her first art gallery in the Sablon district. It was in 2007 that she and her husband discovered La Patinoire Royale, a neo-classical building constructed in 1877 right in the centre of the Belgian capital. Semi-circular arch windows, a magnificent Polonceau structure, period glasswork… They fell in love with it immediately, and very soon after, the couple bought the site. As of 2012, the Galerie Valérie Bach began presenting its programme on this site in the wing looking out onto Rue Faider, while restoration of the building’s nave continued, overseen by the Jean-Paul Hermant and Pierre Yovanovitch architecture firms. It was thus in April 2015 that Valérie Bach, along with her director Constantin Chariot and his team, inaugurated this new hybrid venue which has preserved its historic name. Already, three exhibitions have taken place here: “La Résistance des images”, showing nearly 170 works representing major figures in narrative figuration, curated by Jean-Jacques Aillagon; “Let’s Move!”, a vast retrospective of kinetic art organised by Arnauld Pierre; and “Prouvé / Takis” organised in collaboration with the gallery Downtown. And now, until 25 March, and for the first time since the opening of La Patinoire, all of the venue’s spaces are being handed over to one artist: Joana Vasconcelos from Portugal, whose show includes a few monumental works. You are the manager of the Patinoire, as well as of the gallery bearing your name. What is the relationship between these two spaces? Despite...

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“Lilas”, the Zaha Hadid pavilion, on sale at Sotheby’s

Created in 2007 for the Serpentine Gallery’s summer fair, Zaha Hadid’s “Lilas” pavilion is part of the 11th yearly “Beyond Limits” exhibition at Sotheby’s. The event focuses on outdoor sculptures from the modern and contemporary era, and is visible until 30 October in the historic gardens of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire – the former seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Apart from the pavilion, the exhibition offers 19 sculptures, namely by Cristina Iglesias, Bruce Munro, Erwin Wurm and Joana...

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Joana Vasconcelos’ return to Brazil

São Paulo, 10 April 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Brazilian gallery Casa Triângulo is showing the exhibition “Casarão” until 10 May, marking Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos’ return to the country – and to São Paulo. Four years after her major exhibition “Contaminação”, and ten years after her last show at Casa Triângulo, the artist is presenting a number of new works and series. An arrangement of earthenware animals by Portuguese artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (1846-1905) — wrapped in the delicate lace which has become his trademark — stand alongside Vasconcelos’ installations Medusa and Agua Viva. The latter evoke the interiors of buildings and the human body, demonstrating the artist’s ongoing interest in the organic. Joana Vasconcelos was born in Paris in 1971. She lives and works in Portugal, where she has garnered a reputation as one of the most promising artists of her generation. Her work has been exhibited at the Château de Versailles, and at the 51st and 55th Venice Biennales (2005 and 2013,...

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Joana Vasconcelos at Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester, 19 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Manchester Art Gallery is holding a solo exhibition of Joana Vasconcelos’ work, entitled “Time Machine”, until 1 June 2014. “Time Machine” is to present a selection of more than twenty of the artist’s sculptures, several of which are recent works never before exhibited in the UK. Her large-scale sculptures of vehicles, such as Lilicoptère (2012), War Games (2011) and www.fatimashop (2002), are to be on display in the museum. The exhibition also promises to showcase an innovative new work created specifically for the gallery, entitled Britannia (2014). Joana Vasconcelos is a Portuguese artist, born in 1971. In 2005 she created a stir at the Venice Biennale with her sculpture La Fiancée, with which she was representing...

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Women’s sculptures at the Villa Datris

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, 4 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Villa Datris, a foundation for contemporary sculpture located in the small provincial town of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, a point of reference for antique dealers, will be honouring female artists during its 2013 exhibition, “Female Sculptors” from 28 April to 11 November. This provincial institution was founded by two aficionados of contemporary sculpture, Danièle Marcovici and Tristan Fourtine. As animators of unsubmissiveness to the empirical trends of the art market, they are active leaders in the area for the cause of contemporary art who are guided by their personal choices. “Female Sculptures” is an example of their said choices. The exhibition highlights female artists, not necessarily feminists, who claim their femininity in a field where men have dominated for a long time. “When women really want to reach the summit of international art, they succeed. I am living proof” said Niki de Saint Phalle. She was the wife of Jean Tinguely and is in fact one of the main artists represented at the event. Her work Blue Goddess – Thoëris, representing an Egyptian hybrid divinity, is a masterpiece. There are also sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Joana Vasconcelos, Rina Banerjee, Camille Claudel and Mâkhi Xenakis. The themes of the preceding exhibitions were kinetic and optical art with “Movement and Light” in 2012, and material plurality with “Plural Sculptures” in...

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