Lisbon’s Berardo Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art inaugurates a special exhibition today called “Sem Rede” (“Netless”) presenting the work of Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. She’s recognized as Portugal’s top contemporary artist, having one of her pieces recently sold for half a million euros at a Christie’s auction. That piece was called “Marilyn,” a couple of stilettos (pictured above) made of stainless steel pots and pans. The artist is known for her large pieces made of unusual materials, with an especially famous creation being a large chandelier completely made of tampons (it hung for some time in Lisbon’s Lux club).
The current exhibition can be seen until May 18, and is free along with all the other exhibits (temporary and permanent) of the museum. There are around forty of Vasconcelos’ works, including large-scale sculptures placed at the entrance and outside the building. Much of the artist’s work is said to question identity (gender, class, or ethnicity), and has a particular focus on the female condition, social issues, and Portuguese culture.