OPEN TODAY 10 - 21
Under the patronage of
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II

Joana Vasconcelos - Textures of Life

14 OCTOBER 2016 – 19 FEBRUARY 2017, LEVEL 1

A three-metre high gleaming stiletto made of saucepans and lids, a chandelier fashioned from thousands of OB sanitary tampons, and a helicopter covered with brightly coloured ostrich feathers. With the exhibition Textures of Life, ARoS will be presenting 17 stunning installations by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, of which the largest, Valkyrie Rán, has been created especially for the museum. 

- Joana Vasconcelos’s universe is impressive, compelling, and unbelievably sensuous. Full of humour and deeply serious at the same time, her art addresses a wider concept of human history while, in a very sophisticated way, touching on the relationship between mass production and uniqueness, says museum director Erlend G. Høyersten, ARoS.


Joana Vasconcelos (b.1971) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. With impressive international exhibition activities behind her, she was the first and only woman ever to show in the historic rooms at Château de Versailles in France in 2012. She has frequently participated in the prestigious Venice Biennale, having represented Portugal in 2013, and is represented in numerous important private and public collections throughout the world.

Vasconcelos uses traditional handicraft techniques in her art, including crocheting, embroidery, pearl decoration, producing fringes, tassels, and pompons. Her studio is staffed by 50 full-time specialists (including architects, blacksmiths, and seamstresses) collaborating closely on creating the enormous art installations, each adding their specific field of expertise.

- You could say that Vasconcelos’s art fits in somewhere between eye candy and social realism. She’s greatly loved for her directness and her staggeringly beautiful works and her art speaks a universal language that goes beyond culture, religion, and national borders, says Pernille Taagaard Dinesen, curator, ARoS. 


Sixteen art installations will be presented in the exhibition gallery on level 1, many of them created from elements and objects familiar from everyday life, and visitors will experience works made of kitchen utensils, feather dusters, and steaming irons. Each installation is presented in its own cylinder of brightly coloured textiles from Kvadrat. To get to the works, visitors will have to find their way through a small opening in the individual column of textiles.

Outside the gallery, the 50-metre long Valkyrie Rán meanders across all eight levels of the museum. Among much else, this gigantic installation has been created using textiles from Kvadrat, ornaments, and LEDs and will be included in the permanent museum collection after the exhibition.

Learn more about Valkyrie Rán here

Learn more about Joana Vasconcelos here

Curator-in-charge: Pernille Taagaard Dinesen, ARoS.

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Joana Vasconcelos: Portrait, 2014. Foto Alfredo Cunha


ARoS’ presseafdeling:

Anne Riis: / 2888 4464

Jens Henrik Daugaard: / 2888 4467

The exhibition has been realised with generous support from:


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©ARoS 2017