Joana Vasconcelos

Whilst in Portugal, I went to Joana Vasconcelos’ exhibition at the Ajuda Palace in Lisbon. Although I am usually opposed to contemporary art, I absolutely loved this! I thought the juxtaposition of Vasconcelos’ modern art with the historic architecture, decor and paintings in the palace was brilliant. Every room had it’s own theme and it was such an enjoyable experience to discover each room without knowing what to expect, as well as trying to guess what materials were used before getting to close to the sculptures. I found the large sculptures like Marilyn Shoes (below) and Coração Independente Vermelho particularly spectacular, as they each filled the enormous space and were made from obscure household objects. The Jardim do Éden, being in a pitch black room except from the fibre-optic plants was a magical experience too!

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