A major new addition to the Rothschild Foundation's contemporary art collection, Lafite, a pair of sculptures by the portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos installed on the North Front of the Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.
In the form of a giant pair of candlesticks made of glass wine bottles (from Château Lafite Rothschild), set on a steel armature and lit from within with fibre-optic strands, they symbolise the Rothschild family’s connection to the world of wine. They are also a reminder of Waddesdon’s tradition of hospitality and the pleasures of the table, as well as linking to the collections inside the house.
Lafite is part of the Candlesticks series, a nucleus of works that alludes to Duchamp's first ready-made - 'Porte-Bouteilles' (1914) - and reports to the pleasures of the table and to the processes of national identity associated to gastronomy. The first work of the series - Message in a Bottle (2006) - was presented in Japan and was made of sake bottles. The latest work of this series - Blue Champagne (2012) - was conceived with champagne bottles for the gardens of Château de Versailles.
Joana Vasconcelos - Lafite
Waddesdon Manor, From April 17