june 25, 2018 - Guggenheim Bilbao

Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror, at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror

Dates: June 29—November 11, 2018
Curators: Enrique Juncosa and Petra Joos, #guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Sponsored by Seguros Bilbao

- Through the construction of light-hearted yet strikingly direct images that refer to socio-political issues relevant to post-colonial, globalized and consumerist societies, #joanavasconcelos addresses topics ranging from immigration to gender violence.

- Like an alchemist of daily life, the artist transforms the everyday objects and clichés of the consumer society into open artworks laden with meaning.

- The exhibition includes previously unseen works like I’ll Be Your Mirror, an enormous Venetian mask formed by mirrors framed in bronze, and Solitaire, a gigantic engagement ring made from the wheelrims of luxury cars and glass whisky tumblers, thus combining some of the most stereotyped symbols of masculine and feminine desire.

- Egeria, a work which spreads through the Atrium of the Museum like a plant made of different fabrics, colors and textures, constitutes a metaphor for the occupation of museums by women.

The #guggenheim Museum #bilbao presents the exhibition Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror, a selection of thirty works produced between 1997 and the present day by the most internationally reputed Portuguese artist, including a site-specific installation for the Atrium of the Museum and various other new works. In this show, sponsored by Seguros #bilbao, viewers can submerge themselves completely in the universe of an artist with a direct and humorous vision of the world, whose work explains many of our society’s contradictions without any apparent effort.