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Joana Vasconcelos opens ‘I want to break free’ exhibition in France

The plastic artist Joana Vasconcelos will present an individual exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg (MAMCS) in France, with an opening scheduled for Thursday, with 24 works, titled ‘I want to break free’.

According to information published by the museum, the exhibition will be open until February 17, 2019, integrating the program within the 20th anniversary of the institution.

‘I want to break free’ presents a selection of works that includes some of the most iconic pieces of the artist’s early career, such as ‘Flores do Meu Desejo’ (1996-2010), by Estelle Pietrzyk, director of MAMCS, , “Spot Me” (1999) and “Interior View” (2000).

“Strangers in the Night” (2000), “Spin” (2001), “Airflow” (2001), “Una Dirección” (2003) and “Independent Red Heart # 1” ‘Betty Boop’ (2010) from the series ‘Shoes’, and ‘Material Girl’ (2015) from the series ‘Valkyries’.

The opening of the exhibition – in an area of ​​600 square meters – is scheduled for 18:00 on Thursday, and opens to the public on Friday.

According to the museum, the exhibition space will be decorated with carpets and corridors will be created for an environment of “extravagant residence, where objects gain extraordinary powers”.

“The works have in common the fact that they offer visitors an opportunity to look at everyday life as a way to transcend it, leading them to an alternative world of play and charm,” according to the museum’s text.

Vasconcelos “is an artist who uses humor in her work and, at the same time, a political content and social criticism sustained today”, through installations and objects that use crochet, tissue pieces, ceramics, plastic, in objects day-to-day use, from cutlery to pots and pans.

Born in 1971, Joana Vasconcelos was the first female artist to present her work at the Palace of Versailles in 2012.

He represented Portugal at the Venice Art Biennale in 2013 and currently has a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with 35 works by November 11.

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