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Joana Vasconcelos - Versailles (Bilingual French / English)

From 19 June to 30 September 2012, the Palace of Versailles presents the exhibition Joana Vasconcelos Versailles in the State Apartments and the gardens.

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Format - Ouvrage relié
Number of pages - 240
Language - Français / Anglais
Model LIV_9782081282711
Artist Joana Vasconcelos (née en 1971)
Author Collectif Elisabeth Lebovici, Catherine Pégard, Valter Hugo Mãe, Rebecca Lamarche
Publisher SKIRA / Flammarion
Format Ouvrage relié
Number of pages 240
Language Français / Anglais
Dimensions 280 x 240
Technique(s) 200 illustrations
Published 04/07/2012
Epoque Art contemporain
Weight 1.639
Museum Château de Versailles

"Interpreting the dense mythology of Versailles, transporting it into the contemporary world, and evoking the presence of the important female figures that have lived here, while drawing on my identity and my experience as a Portuguese woman born in France, will certainly be the most fascinating challenge of my career."

"My work has developed around the idea that the world is an opera, and Versailles embodies the operatic and aesthetic ideal that inspires me. The works that I propose exist for this place. I see them as linked to Versailles in a timeless way. When I stroll through the rooms of the Palace and its Gardens, I feel the energy of a setting that gravitates between reality and dreams, the everyday and magic, the festive and the tragic. I can still hear the echo of the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette, and the music and festive ambiance of the stately rooms. How would the life of Versailles look if this exuberant and grandiose universe was transferred to our period ?" Joana Vasconcelos.