Joana Vasconcelos Will Have An Exhibition In Boston’s New Museum ♦ Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos was invited to create a monumental installation for the opening of the new museum of contemporary art in Boston, USA, on February 22, 2020, the creator’s atelier announced this Wednesday. The piece will be created specifically for the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) space, in what will be Vasconcelos’ first solo exhibition in the United States. Secrets From Portugal brings you today all about this new Joana Vasconcelos exhibition called “Valkyrie Mumbet” is an oversized piece with tentacles falling.
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Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos was invited to create a monumental installation for the opening of the new Boston Contemporary Art Museum in the United States on February 22, 2020. The piece will be created specifically for the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) space, in what will be Vasconcelos’ first solo exhibition in the United States.
Part of the Valkyrie series, the piece was created to honour Elizabeth ‘Mumbet’ Freeman, an enslaved woman whose legal battle for freedom in 1781 helped outlaw slavery in the US state of Massachusetts. Titled ‘Valkyrie Mumbet’ (2020), the oversized piece with a centre from which tentacle arms come out will be suspended.
MAAM is the educational museum of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), the first publicly funded art school in the United States. The museum is an institution with no permanent collection, with free admission, and its mission is to make contemporary art accessible to all.
Born in 1971, Joana Vasconcelos began exhibiting in the 1990s, and her work began to become internationally known in 2005 when she participated in the Venice Biennale with the play ‘The Bride’, a monumental chandelier composed of tampons of feminine intimate hygiene.
In 2012, she became the first woman and youngest artist to exhibit works at the Versailles Palace in Paris.
A year later, he officially represented Portugal at the Venice Art Biennial, in a project curated by Miguel Amado, who brought a cacilheiro, transformed into a work of art, to the main venue of the international contemporary art exhibition.
The artist’s ‘I’m Your Mirror’ exhibit, which was featured at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, was the 13th most visited worldwide last year, according to The Art Newspaper.