JOANA VASCONCELOS - LAFITE, WADDESDON MANOR

Joana Vasconcelos, Lafite, Waddesdon Manor

Joana Vasconcelos, Lafite, Waddesdon Manor

Joana Vasconcelos, Lafite, Waddesdon Manor

Joana Vasconcelos, Lafite, Waddesdon Manor

Joana Vasconcelos, Lafite, Waddesdon Manor

Joana Vasconcelos, Lafite, Waddesdon Manor

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
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