Joana Vasconcelos at the Guggenheim Bilbao



The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents the first retrospective exhibition in Spain of works by the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. Following her participation in the 2005 Venice Biennale and her major exhibition at the Palace of Versailles in 2010, Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror will be staged at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao from 29 June to 11 November 2018.

A nod to the The Velvet Underground’s song, the exhibition features around thirty monumental works from 1997 to today including Egeria (2018), installed in the Atrium, Pop Rooster (2016) and Solitaire (2018).

Celebrating Portuguese popular culture, viewer’s participation, mundane objects from every day life including household appliances, wall tiles, fabrics, medicines, pans, and plastic cutlery, the artist uses humour, identity and themes of migration and exploitation of women in her dramatic installations.

The monumental Egeria to be produced for the main atrium of Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will be one of the most ambitious of this important group of works inspired by the female characters from Norse mythology. Following the Valkyries created for spaces such as the Palazzo Grassi, Joana Vasconcelos will combine different industrial textiles with traditional handmade techniques and LED lights.


Image: Red Independent Heart (Coração Independente Vermelho ), 2005
Translucent plastic cutlery, painted iron, metal chain, power supply unit, motor, and sound installation
371 x 220 x 75 cm.
Songs performed by Amália Rodrigues: Estranha Forma de Vida [Strange Way of Life] (Alfredo Rodrigo Duarte/Amália Rodrigues), Maldição [Curse] (Joaquim Campos da Silva/Armando Vieira Pinto), Gaivota [Seagull] (Alain Oulman/Alexandre O’Neill).
Authorized by IPLAY – Som e Imagem/(P) Valentim de Carvalho.
Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon
© Joana Vasconcelos, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018.
Photo Daniel Malhão