Joana Vasconcellos

She was born in Paris in 1971. She lives and works in Lisbon.

She was the artist chosen to represent Portugal at the Venice Biennale 2013, with Trafaria Praia project.

In 2012, she held a solo exhibition at the Palace of Versailles in France, becoming the first woman and the youngest artist to exhibit at this historic site.

It is import to mention as well the exhibitions at institutions as Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves (Oporto, 2000); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville, 2003); Biennale di Venezia (2005); The New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall, 2007); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (São Paulo, 2008); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, 2009); Es Baluard (Palma de Maiorca, 2009); Museu Coleção Berardo (Lisbon, 2010); Palazzo Grassi (Veneza, 2011) and Kunsthallen Brandts (Odense, Denmark, 2011). Her work is part of many public and private collections, among which are: AMOREPACIFIC Museum of Art; Caixa Geral de Depósitos; Câmara Municipal de Lisboa; Coleção António Cachola; Domaine Pommery; Fundação EDP; Fundación Helga de Alvear; Fondation François Pinault; Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création; MUSAC; Museu Coleção Berardo.

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Centrepiece Surf


The ambitious aesthetic program, created by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro, in the factory he founded in Caldas da Rainha, established one of the boldest and unique artistic projects implemented in Portugal. We are fortunate of even today to maintain a significant core of this heritage entails an enormous responsibility to match the excellence of artistic production of Bordallo Pinheiro ceramic. Visabeira has nowadays the privilege of continuing a unique project in the world, whose good business performance will only be surely guaranteed by the deep knowledge and the proper recognition of the artistic value of Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro’s work. Dueto celebrates the 125th anniversary of the establishment of Fábrica de Faianças das Caldas da Rainha, with an exclusive piece, the work of two of the most important and influential Portuguese artists: Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro (1846-1905) and contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos. An amazing choreography performed by ceramic swallows and fish (bream) creates Dueto, a centrepiece designed by Joana Vasconcelos from the original moulds designed by Bordallo Pinheiro. The exceptional and rigorous naturalistic trace of different elements - both leading character and structural support of the composition - collaborate in an unexpected dance, full of dynamics and chromatic sense where swallows and fish seem to celebrate the richness of the artistic legacy of the Fábrica de Faianças das Caldas da Rainha.