JOANA VASCONCELOS (1971) lives and works in Lisbon. She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. Her work became known internationally after her participation in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005, with the work A Noiva [The Bride] (2001-05). She was the first woman and the youngest artist to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles, in 2012. Other key projects include Trafaria Praia, for the Pavilion of Portugal at the 55th Venice Biennale and the participation in the group exhibition The World Belongs to You at the Palazzo Grassi/François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2011); and her first retrospective, held at the Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2010). Recent highlights of her career include a solo exhibition at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, recorded an overwhelming attendance over 650,000.
Other highlights include exhibitions at Kunsthal Rotterdam (2019); Museu de Serralves, Porto (2019); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2018); Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg (2018); La Monnaie, Paris (2017); ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (2016); Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2015); Waddesdon Manor - The Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire (2015); Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2014); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2013); Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon (2013); CENTQUATRE, Paris (2012); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark (2011); Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca (2009); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2009); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2008); The New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom (2007); Istanbul Modern, Istanbul (2006); Passage du Désir/BETC EURO RSCG, Paris (2005); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2003); Műcsarnok, Budapest (2002); Museu da Eletricidade, Lisbon (2001); and Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2000).
Her work is represented in private and public collections such as: Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon; Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Espanha; City of Lisbon; City of Paris; Domaine Pommery, Reims, France; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, França; Fundação EDP, Lisbon; Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection, Erevan, Armenia; MUSAC, Léon, Spain; Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the Pinault Collection, Paris and Venice; the Robert & Nicky Wilson Collection, Edinburgh; and The Rothschild Collection, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire.


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