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Joana Vasconcelos

Recognized for her monumental sculptures and immersive installations, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos invites visitors to dive into a universe never created at the Oscar Niemeyer Museum. “Extravagances” brings together works with stratospheric dimensions, such as the “Miss Dior Valkyrie” and the “Matarazzo Valkyrie”, as well as an exhibition of models that allow exploring the connection between art and space and architecture. This grand exhibition occupies not only the Eye, the floors of the tower, and the Araucária spaces, but also transforms, for the first time, the Museum's ramp into an extraordinary exhibition space. Marc Pottier's curation reveals installations and sculptures that go beyond and invade the Museum's space, giving a glimpse of Joana Vasconcelos' extensive professional trajectory, which, with humor and irony, questions the status of women, consumer society, and collective identity.

  • Artist

    Joana Vasconcelos

  • Curatorship

    Marc Pottier

  • Exhibition period

    From 23 de novembro de 2023

  • Until 22 de setembro de 2024

  • Location

    Olho, Torre, Rampa e Espaço Araucária

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MON holds Joana Vasconcelos' largest solo exhibition in Brazil

From November 23rd, the Oscar Niemeyer Museum will take its audience to an immersion into the magical world of Portuguese Joana Vasconcelos. “Extravagances” is the artist’s largest solo exhibition in Brazil and one of the grandest ever held by MON.

“The Eye and several unique spaces beneath it, floors of the tower, and the main internal ramp of the Museum were occupied by the colors and creativity of this artist who lives and works in Lisbon, but whose art goes beyond the limits of Portugal and Europe and fascinates audiences from various continents”, explains the Museum’s CEO, Juliana Vosnika.

“Monumental installations and sculptures go beyond the space and invade the MON, inviting the visitor to dive into a universe never created in the Museum”, she comments.

Her “Miss Dior Valkyrie”, an internationally famous work, is the attraction of the Museum's most noble exhibition space. With stratospheric dimensions (approximately 7 meters in height and more than 20 meters in length), the incredible work mixes handmade wool crochet, fabrics, and polyester, suspended on steel cables, in a unique piece.

“Another highlight is the ‘Matarazzo Valkyrie, which welcomes the public, installed on the main access ramp to the Museum, at the visitor entrance, a place never before used as an exhibition space”, says Juliana.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Luciana Casagrande Pereira, states that “once again, our Oscar Niemeyer Museum is consolidating itself as one of the most important museums on the international contemporary art scene by hosting the largest exhibition by the artist Joana Vasconcelos in Brazil”. She comments: “I am sure that this will be an unforgettable experience for the visiting public”.

Visual artist Joana Vasconcelos declares: “I am very happy to return to Brazil and be able to bring together my latest ‘Valkyrie (Miss Dior)’ with the one I created for Matarazzo in 2014, in a very interesting dialogue not only between the two works but also with the Museum’s architecture. I also designed, especially for MON and for the first time in my career, an exhibition of models that will allow exploring the connection between the work of art and space and architecture, an idea that emerged from the privilege of exhibiting in Niemeyer’s ‘Eye”.


The exhibition's curator, Frenchman Marc Pottier, states that “Extravagances”, by Joana Vasconcelos, transcends baroque and kitsch. “After the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Château de Versailles, the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the artist presents her first museum exhibition in Brazil,” he says.

He explains that the gigantic installation “Miss Dior Valkyrie” was created this year by the artist for the Dior fashion show in Paris, and currently appears in the brand's windows in several locations across the planet. “It is a work that challenges all artistic trends and breaks the monotony of an aesthetic”, says the curator.

“The selection of models from her main site-specific projects carried out around the world allows us to capture the breadth of an extraordinary personality who seems to have the sky as her limit”, he comments.

In addition to the Eye and the Museum's ramp, the artist's work occupies the floors of the Araucária tower and spaces, where the public will be able to see works such as: “Pantelmina”, “Big Booby”, models of the iconic “Lonely”, “Candlesticks”, “Gateway”, “Wedding Cake”, “Mask” and “Shoe”, as well as several panels.

The artist

Joana Vasconcelos has a professional career spanning approximately 30 years, covering a huge variety of techniques. Recognized for her monumental sculptures and immersive installations, she decontextualizes everyday objects and updates the concept of arts and crafts for the 21st century, establishing a dialogue between the private sphere and public space, popular heritage, and high culture. With humor and irony, she questions the status of women, consumer society, and collective identity.

The international acclaim began in 2005, with “A Noiva” (“The Bride”), at the first Venice Biennale curated by women. She was the youngest artist and first woman to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles. In 2012, her exhibition was the most visited in France in 50 years, with a record attendance of 1.6 million people.

In 2018, Joana Vasconcelos became the first Portuguese artist to have a solo show at the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the fourth best that year in the ranking of The Art Newspaper and the third most visited in the museum's history. Currently, in 2023, she achieved the honor of exhibiting at the Uffizi Galleries and Pitti Palace, in Florence, alongside classic masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Botticelli.

With works of art and exhibitions on four continents, the artist has been honored with more than 30 awards. In 2009, she was awarded the rank of Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique by the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic and, in 2022, she became an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ministry of Culture. Since 2006, she has maintained the Joana Vasconcelos Atelier, with more than 50 employees. In 2012 she created the Joana Vasconcelos Foundation to provide scholarships, support social causes, and promote art for all.


The Oscar Niemeyer Museum (MON) is a state heritage linked to the State Secretariat for Culture. The institution houses important references of national and international artistic production in the areas of visual arts, architecture, and design, as well as great Asian and African collections. In total, the collection has approximately 14 thousand works of art, housed in a space of more than 35 thousand square meters of built area, which makes MON the largest art museum in Latin America.

“Extravagances”, by Joana Vasconcelos
Opening: November 23, 2023, at 7:00 pm 
Until May 26, 2024
Eye, ramp, tower and Araucária spaces 1 and 2

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    Exhibition period

    Until 22 de setembro de 2024


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