Branco Luz by Joana Vasconcelos
FROM 17 JANUARY TO 24 MARCH: DISCOVER BRANCO LUZ BY JOANA VASCONCELOS
Le Bon Marché is holding Branco Luz*, an exhibition event until 24 March, in collaboration with the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. An influential and enlightened artist, Joana Vasconcelos draws on Portuguese craft traditions while reinterpreting the rules of contemporary art to produce her monumental works.
For Le Bon Marché, she designed a Valkyrie, comprised of two colossal airborne creatures displayed beneath the central skylight and in the window displays, which she has named Simone.
Discover Branco Luz by Joana Vasconcelos
"Simone", The Valkyrie by Joana Vasconcelos
At 30.5 m long, 12 m wide and 10 m high, the impressive size of "Simone", the Valkyrie by Joana Vasconcelos, plunges the store into an astounding and immaculate landscape. Gliding silently beneath the central skylight, it bestows light, tenderness and protection upon visitors to the exhibition.
Hinting at the "Mois du Blanc" (White Sales) invented in January 1872 by Aristide Boucicaut, founder of Le Bon Marché, Joana Vasconcelos designed this exhibition around variations of white textures and lights, woven and assembled by hand at her workshop.
"Simone" takes over Le Bon Marché and bathes the space in its soothing presence. Named "Simone", a reference to inspiring female figures Simone Veil and Simone de Beauvoir, the Valkyrie by Joana Vasconcelos pays tribute to women of today.
"Simone" takes over Le Bon Marché and bathes the space in its soothing presence
The display and windows
The Valkyrie by Joana Vasconcelos also surrounds the Rue de Sèvres. This strange creature with its organic form fills the window displays and sends forth a white wave into the heart of the Rive Gauche.
Branco Luz: the film and The Portrait
To truly appreciate the world of the artist, Le Bon Marché invites you to discover how the Valkyries were produced in the artist’s workshop, to go behind the scenes of the exhibition installation and to learn about the background to the creations, as related by Joana Vasconcelos in an exclusive film shown at the main entrance to the store. You can also find the exhibition catalogue and the "Branco Luz" tote bag in this area.
At the entrance at the corner of Rue du Bac and Rue de Babylone, you can watch some of the major works in the career of Joana Vasconcelos being discussed by the artist on video.
"Simone au Clair de Lune" ("Simone by Moonlight"): a special evening with Joana Vasconcelos
If you long to spend a special evening at Le Bon Marché, then join Joana Vasconcelos at an exclusive theatrical night-time exploration of the "Branco Luz" exhibition, providing a unique opportunity to discover "Simone" alongside the artist in extraordinary surroundings.
Also enjoy guided tours and workshops for children.
All of the information here