Joana Vasconcelos


Joana Vasconcelos


Price: $3,500.00


Viúva Lamego Hand-painted Tin-glazed Ceramic Tiles
Edition Size:
42.0 x 56.0 cm (16.5 x 22.0 in)
Each tile: 14.0 x 14.0 cm (5.5 x 5.5 in)
Signed, dated and numbered

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About the Artwork

For the 55th Venice Biennale Joana Vasconcelos created a floating pavilion in the form of a typical Lisbon ferry boat. The work's title was Trafari Praia, it addressed the historical relationship between Portugal and Italy, which evolved through trade, diplomacy, and art. The exterior of the boat was covered with panels of tin-glazed, blue and white, hand painted ceramic tiles, called ‘azulejos’, which depicted a contemporary view of Lisbon’s skyline.

“They are blue and white tiles that make up a drawing of the city today. There’s an old factory that still produces them the same way it did before, hand-painted, very traditional. I like their texture and tactile quality.”

Joana Vasconcelos

The work takes its inspiration from another large-scale panel of azulejos, ‘The Great Panorama of Lisbon’, which depicts the city before the legendary earthquake of 1755 and is a quintessential expression of the golden age, when the baroque-style azulejos were produced in Portugal. This edition is a cutout of this beautiful scene which depicts the Tower of Belém and parts of the historical city.

About the Artist

Vaconcelos Artists Artwork Signature

Joana Vasconcelos (born 1971, Paris) is a Portugeese artist whose main interest lies in reviving the surrealistic ready-made, mixing it with a certain sense of Noveau Réalisme and Pop, she often starts out from ingenious operations of displacement.

About the printing Technique


Innovations and developments in classical printing techniques have allowed artists to create limited Editions also in three dimensional shapes.