Joana Vasconcelos' Flamboyant Versailles Exhibition

Jul 2, 2012
'Marilyn', 2011

Wouldn't you like to travel back in time just for a day to experience the pomp and pageantry as well as the ostentatious lifestyle that was the rigueur at the time of Marie-Antoinette?

This is, to some extent, what the Château de Versailles has managed to achieve this summer with an extravagant and out of proportion art exhibition.

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos has been invited to showcase her most recent artwork as part of the Château's annual contemporary art exhibition. As the first woman to expose at the sumptuous Palace, she explores femininity, domesticity and luxury through larger than life pieces, such as a gigantic pair of high heels made out of stainless steel pans and lids.

"When I stroll through the rooms of the palace and its gardens, I feel the energy of a setting that gravitates between reality and dreams, the everyday and magic, the festive and the tragic. I can still hear the echo of the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette, and the music and festive ambiance of the stately rooms,” said Vasconcelos about the setting that was the inspiration for her exhibition.

Here a few of my favorite pieces:

'Marilyn', 2011
'Pavillon de thé', 2012
'Pavillon de vin', 2011

'Coração independente preto', 2006
'Lilicoptère', 2012
'Coração Independente Vermelho', 2005

The Joana Vasconcelos Versailles exhibit is taking place until september 30th.
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