Joana Vasconcelos, first lady of Versailles

Versailles, 4 April avril 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).

The Château de Versailles is opening its doors to a contemporary artist, as it does every year. In 2012, the French palace will be featuring an exhibition of works by Joana Vasconcelos from 19 June to 30 September.

She will be the first female artist to be exhibited at the château after a series of male artists: Jeff Koons, Xavier Veilhan, Takashi Murakami, and Bernard Venet.

The artist will be presenting 17 monumental works, eight of which were created especially for the Chateau, including sculptures made from textiles or everyday objects, such as crochet, tissues, masks, pearls, and so on.

The artist held a conference to reveal a little of what her show will include. Mary Poppins, a handmade work incorporating crochet and knitting, will welcome the visitor on the stairs of the palace. Marilyn, a pair of giant pump shoes constructed from pots and pans, will be the centrepiece of the Galerie des Glaces.

On the other hand, not a lot has been revealed about le Dauphin and la Dauphine, two enormous ceramic lobsters which are to be placed in the Antichambre du Grand Couvert.

Joana Vasconcelos has Portuguese origins, but was born in Paris in 1971. Her often out of this world works have already been well received by the public at the Fondation Gulbenkian, the Palazzo Grassi, and at last year’s Venice Biennial.