Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine

Joana Vasconcelos: Time Machine
Library Shelf Location 18.VASC
Publication Date 2014



  • Biog. ; exhibs.
  • Venue: Published on the occasion of an exhibition held at Manchester Art Gallery, 15 Feb. - 1 June 2014.


  • From 15 February 2014, Manchester Art Gallery will stage the UK's most ambitious exhibition of works by Portuguese contemporary artist Joana Vasconcelos. Fresh from her success representing Portugal at the 55th Venice Biennale, Vasconcelos will bring her seductive and subversive large-scale sculptures to Manchester for an exclusive site specific exhibition. This major new show features over twenty of the Portuguese artist's most significant sculptures, which fill our main exhibition spaces, adorn the outside of our building and permeate the whole gallery. It includes new and recent works - most on show in the UK for the first time. The exhibition will feature the world premiere of a monumental new textile work that has been specially commissioned as a site-specific installation for Manchester Art Gallery's atrium and staircase. Britannia 2014 is a major new commission which comprises richly coloured textile forms that cascade down 3 floors of the Gallery's central atrium. The explosion of suspended, swelling forms, textures and colours contrast dramatically with the cold metal, glass and rigid order of the architecture. The organic forms are composed of many fabric elements including knitting and crochet, fine silks and cotton velvets (referred to as Manchester cloth across much of the world), recycled clothes and industrially produced textiles, embellished with Portuguese tassels, crystals and beads in a dazzling patchwork of patterns, shapes and textures. This new piece is part of the iconic Valkyries series, sculptures inspired by female figures in Norse mythology who decide which soldiers live and die on the battlefield.--


ISBN 9780901673879
Quantity 1
Pages 43 p. : col. ill. ; 33 cm.
Editor Natasha Howes
Authors Maria Balshaw, Helen Laville
Format Softcover
Publisher Manchester Art Gallery
Related Artist Joana Vasconcelos
Categories Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Textiles, Installation, Sculpture
Artist's Nationality Portuguese
Language English

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