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Portuguese artist struggles to create large installations



Portuguese artist struggles to create large installations

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — As a former nightclub bouncer and black belt karate instructor, Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos doesn’t shy away from the challenges posed by her latest extravagant creation.

The 51-year-old man, known for his large installations, is now creating a ceramic wedding cake 12 meters (40 feet) high and 15 meters (50 feet) wide for an exhibition in England. 🇧🇷

The “wedding cake” is mostly made from the famous Portuguese tiles called “azulejos”. Vasconcelos uses pale pinks, greens, blues and yellows in his most ambitious outdoor project yet.

She likes war. “Every day something happens, you know something new comes up and you have to solve problems,” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. “It’s a very dynamic, living thing.”

His efforts to create a “wedding cake” had already taken five years due to the Covid-19 pandemic when he first mentioned it to British investment banker Jacob Rothschild. He preferred it over the gardens of Waddeston Manor, where he holds weddings in the southeast of England.

Rothschild, says Vasconcelos in his atelier in an old riverside boathouse in Lisbon, became “a partner on this crazy journey.”

Vasconcelos has built a reputation for himself over the past two decades. His brand image includes large and extravagant pieces that combine high and low brows, inspired by Portuguese craftsmanship, evocative of the feminine gaze and a hidden sense of humour.

He burst onto the international art scene at the 2005 Venice Biennale with “A Noiva” (“The Bride”), a five-metre-high chandelier made from 25,000 wrapped tampons.

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Her 2009 “Marilyn” is a large pair of stilettos made from stainless steel pots and lids high above her head.

An intricate ceramic German Shepherd dog encased in an intricately elongated pole created by women in the Azores in the mid-Atlantic Ocean in Portugal.

In 2012, she became the first woman and the youngest artist to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles, attracting 1.6 million visitors. Four years ago, he became the first Portuguese to have a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The “Wedding Cake” has three tiers with stairs to climb. There will be water and lighting in the forest park zone.

Once the various parts of the plant have arrived in the UK, the assembly process will begin. The launch is scheduled for the end of May.

Meanwhile, Vasconcelos is trying to get his 4th dan in karate, another test of his skills.

“If you’re not a fighter, you can’t do karate,” he says.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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