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Gisela João closed today’s exhibition of Joana Vasconcelos in Bilbao

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The exhibition of the Portuguese plastic artist Joana Vasconcelos, at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, ends today, with a concert by the fado singer Gisela João, after having been seen by more than 640 thousand visitors since the inauguration in June.

‘I’m Your Mirror’, the Bilbao show curated by Enrique Juncosa and Petra Joos, should serve as the basis for the artist’s exhibition at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Oporto, to be held in the first months of 2019, in dates still to be announced, as Serralves told.

The international tour has been prepared by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, “in collaboration with the artist and different renowned institutions”, and is scheduled for “early 2019” in Serralves, and for the Kunsthal Rotterdam in the Netherlands in the summer of next year, as you can read in the presentation, available on the Basque museum’s website since the opening of the show on 29 June last.

According to the figures of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, this individual exhibition of Joana Vasconcelos registered more than 640 thousand visitors, from the inauguration last June until the last week.

Presented at the first individual exhibition of a Portuguese artist at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, ‘I’m Your Mirror’ includes more than thirty works by Joana Vasconcelos, 14 of which have never before been presented in public.

Among the new pieces was a 2.5-ton Venetian mask made of 231 double-glazed frames and a solitary three-ton ring mounted from 112 car rims and 1,324 glass flasks.

There is also a ‘site-specific’ work, made specifically for Bilbao, from the series ‘Valquírias’, 30 meters high, 36 wide and 45 deep, placed in the museum lobby.

Joana Vasconcelos also took to Bilbao some of her most iconic pieces, such as ‘The Bride’, a chandelier made of earplugs, ‘Marilyn’, a pair of high-heeled shoes made from pots, and ‘Pop Galo’, a Barcelos, in tile and LED lights.

In June, when the exhibition was inaugurated, Joana Vasconcelos told that exhibiting at the Guggenheim in Bilbao was “a very important moment” of her career. At the time, the artist also said that a “roaming” was being prepared, of the shows, namely in Serralves, Porto, and Rotterdam.

On Saturday, Jornal de Notícias reported that this show would be visible in Serralves, from February 14 to June 24, 2019.

Serralves told that the calendar of the exhibition and the works that comprise it should only be known with the program of the museum for next year, to be announced in the first weeks of 2019.

In addition to Bilbao, Joana Vasconcelos has another individual exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, France, titled ‘I want to break free’.

Gisela João’s concert, which takes place tonight in the museum lobby, has been sold out for a few days.

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao created the possibility of the public attending a partial essay, with the presence of Joana Vasconcelos, late this afternoon.

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