The Versailles’s castle receives the monumental works of the first woman exhibiting there: her name is Joana Vasconcelos, a Portuguese star of contemporary which will show its work during the summer, between June 19 and September 30.
Among her works there are extravagant tentacles expanded, joyful diversion from everyday objects.
A colorful history that promises to shake the label.
What a deal! Two years of yearning, creations, tension, energy, appeasement, achievements …
Decidedly, Versailles is not an exhibition like the others. Window to the world – nearly 4 million visitors from all countries expected during the duration of exposure to the castle and gardens – and a melting pot of French contradictions.
“It’s so complicated. I never imagined … “, acknowledges in his studio in Lisbon the guest artist of 2012. Queen’s bedroom has concentrated friction. In 2008, Jeff Koons exhibited there a bouquet of flowers in polychrome wood. Scandal.
Joana proposed to hang Bride, its huge chandelier composed of thousands of packaged tampons, which caused a sensation at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Refusal, without surprise. Finally, it will install the wig of Marie Antoinette, his first piece of wood, so egg on foot mahogany inlaid or reconstructed head, full of blond hair.
“With this symbol of luxury and power, I want justice to Marie Antoinette, who was killed as the worst criminal,” protested the artist, the first woman to succeed to a battalion of brothers – so Koons, Veilhan, Takashi Murakami and Bernar Venet.