July 4, 2012 - Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France - Joana Vasconcelos
July 4, 2012

Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos*

Joana Vasconcelos
Petit Gâteau

21 June–29 September 2012

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation –
French Delegation

39, boulevard de la Tour Maubourg
75007 Paris, France
Hours: Mon–Fri, 9–6pm; Sat, 11–6pm
(closed 14July, 15 August, 1 and 8 September)

T +33 (0) 153 859 376/8


On the occasion of her exhibition at Versailles, Joana Vasconcelos shows one her works in the small garden of the French Delegation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Petit Gâteau
Colourful, joyous, and seductive, Petit Gâteau presents itself in the shape of a huge cupcake put together through the repetition of different rows of plastic moulds commonly used to play at the beach. From a distance, the oversized scale and colourfulness capture the immediate attention of the public, and the unexpected scale emerges as an invitation to enter a world of illusion and fantasy. When approaching it, the viewer recognizes the beach toys that compose the enormous cupcake, revealing the consequent hollowness of the objects. Alluding to the contemporary strategies of seduction which do nothing but compensate the absence of essence through the exuberance of appearance, Petit Gâteau brings us a hyperbolized form in order to deprive us of content, thus exposing the ambiguity and illusion in many of our consumerist options.

Courtesy Galerie Nathalie Obadia / The Monaco Project for the Arts

métro: La Tour Maubourg (line 8), Varenne, Invalides, (line 13)
RER: Invalides (RER C)
Bus: 28
Entrance is free.

Press contact: Miguel Magalhães, m.magalhaes [​at​] gulbenkian-paris.org / T +33 (0) 153 859 376

Image above:
© DMF, Lisboa. Courtesy Atelier Joana Vasconcelos.

Joana Vasconcelos at Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris
Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian – Délégation en France
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