International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2015


Joana Vasconcelos

MGM Macau (China)

16.03 - 31.10.2015

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Joana Vasconcelos, MGM Macau

Press Release


Joana Vasconcelos presents her first solo exhibition in China in the form of a monumental installation that brings together four new works specially created for the Grande Praça, the central plaza of MGM MACAU.














Exhibition 16 March - 31 October 2015. MGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen NAPE, Macao (China).










 





 











Valkyrie Octopus is the largest piece to date in Joana Vasconcelos’s iconic ‘Valkyries’ series. 34 metres long and 20 metres high, Valkyrie Octopus is made of more than 4,000 metres of fabirc. It combines artisanal techniques such as crochet and Nisa embroidery (from the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal) with thousands of LED lights and coloured, patterned materials embellished by various kinds of beads in a patchwork of patterns, shapes and textures.


The visitors are also offered the opportunity to become part of the artwork with three large-scale floor sculptures from the 'Tetris' series: Chiado, Alfama and Madragoa upon which viewers can sit and contemplate, from three perspectives, the exhibition that envelopes them. These works explore the intersections of sculpture, architecture and painting. The artist draws on the Grande Praça’s characteristics, with its prominent façades inspired by iconic Portuguese buildings. The titles refer to Lisbon’s main historic neighbourhoods and the works are clad in handmade tiles (Azulejos) complete with motifs and themes common in Portuguese and Hispano-Moresque tile work.










Photo: Installation of Vakyrie Octopus at MGM MACAU. | © Luís Vasconcelos/Courtesy Unidade Infinita Projectos




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Photo: Installation of Vakyrie Octopus at MGM MACAU. | © Luís Vasconcelos/Courtesy Unidade Infinita Projectos