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leonor antunes

1972, Lisbon

Engaging with the history of 20th century architecture, design, and art, Leonor Antunes reflects on the function of everyday objects and the potential of modernist forms to become sculptures. She investigates the coded values and flow of ideas embedded within objects and transforms them into reimagined abstract structures. Integrating materials such as rope, wood, leather, and brass, Antunes quietly rattles the aesthetic traces of modernism to foresee a revived way of thinking: looking forward by looking back. Borrowing from vernacular traditions of craftsmanship from South America, Mexico, and Portugal, the artists seeks to understand the construction principles behind rational designs and the process of reducing reality to a geometric abstraction. The grid, present in most of the art works, objects, and buildings she references, is transformed into brass nets, interlaced and knotted strings, leather straps, and looms of hand-woven cotton threads. She finds inspiration in the practice of female artists: their radical social and political stances and their practical improvement of everyday life through art and design.

Leonor Antunes lives and works in Berlin.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

a secluded and pleasant land, in this land i wish to dwell, 2014

bamboo, silk wengue wood

variable dimensions

installation view, 8th berlin biennale for contemporary art, kw institute for contemporary
art, berlin, 2014

 

raumplan, 2011

variable dimensions

installation view, galeria luisa strina, são paulo, 2013

raumplan, 2011

variable dimensions
installation view at galeria luisa strina, são paulo, 2013

 


discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

 

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

 

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

the last days in chimalistac, 2013

leather, hemp rope, bamboo, linen thread, oak

variable dimensions
installation view, kunsthalle basel, switzerland, 2013

 

anni, 2015

leather, cotton rope

157.48 x 59.06 x .79 in.

installation view of i stand like a mirror before you, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view of i stand like a mirror before you, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

leather, cotton rope

variable dimensions
installation view of i stand like a mirror before you, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

plexiglass, brass plates, brass screws

86.61 x 92.13 x 11.61 in.
installation view, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

plexiglass, brass plates, brass screws

86.61 x 92.13 x 11.61 in.
installation view, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

le plan pliable, 2015

variable dimensions
installation view, centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

 

le plan pliable, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

le plan pliable, 2015
variable dimensions

installation view, centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

 

le plan pliable, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

 

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

 

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view (detail) of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the thread is so tiny, that the eye, though armed with a magnifying glass, suspects it, rather than use it II, 2013

ipe wood, tola wood, nylon yarn, lamps, brass, iron, bulbs, electrical cable

variable dimensions
installation view, kunsthalle lissabon, lisbon, 2013

 

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

 


leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

 

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

 

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

powder coated brass plates, micro cable, stainless steel and brass beads

168 x 102 x 6 in.
installation view of a spiral staircase leads down to the garden, san francisco museum of
modern art, 2016

 

a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

powder coated brass plates, micro cable, stainless steel and brass beads

168 x 102 x 6 in.
installation view of a spiral staircase leads down to the garden, san francisco museum of
modern art, 2016

the sensation of being outdoors, 2008
diamond-shaped mesh, black rope, brass tubes
installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 

villa, how to use, 2011

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 

1969 I, 2008
bamboo, leather

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

villa, how to use, 2011

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 

vila mallet-stevens, 2011
16 nets in nylon string

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 


 

 

a secluded and pleasant land, in this land i wish to dwell, 2014

bamboo, silk wengue wood

variable dimensions

installation view, 8th berlin biennale for contemporary art, kw institute for contemporary
art, berlin, 2014

 

raumplan, 2011

variable dimensions

installation view, galeria luisa strina, são paulo, 2013

raumplan, 2011

variable dimensions
installation view at galeria luisa strina, são paulo, 2013

 


discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

 

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

 

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

brass, nylon rope, cork, rubber

variable dimensions
installation view, museo experimental el eco, mexico city, 2011

the last days in chimalistac, 2013

leather, hemp rope, bamboo, linen thread, oak

variable dimensions
installation view, kunsthalle basel, switzerland, 2013

 

anni, 2015

leather, cotton rope

157.48 x 59.06 x .79 in.

installation view of i stand like a mirror before you, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view of i stand like a mirror before you, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

leather, cotton rope

variable dimensions
installation view of i stand like a mirror before you, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

plexiglass, brass plates, brass screws

86.61 x 92.13 x 11.61 in.
installation view, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

 

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

plexiglass, brass plates, brass screws

86.61 x 92.13 x 11.61 in.
installation view, kiosk, ghent, belgium, 2015

le plan pliable, 2015

variable dimensions
installation view, centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

 

le plan pliable, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

le plan pliable, 2015
variable dimensions

installation view, centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

 

le plan pliable, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, france, 2015

 

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

 

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

mixed media

variable dimensions
installation view (detail) of the past, the present, the possible, sharjah biennial 12, sharjah, united arab emirates, 2015

the thread is so tiny, that the eye, though armed with a magnifying glass, suspects it, rather than use it II, 2013

ipe wood, tola wood, nylon yarn, lamps, brass, iron, bulbs, electrical cable

variable dimensions
installation view, kunsthalle lissabon, lisbon, 2013

 

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

 


leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

 

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

 

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

variable dimensions

installation view, new museum, new york, 2015

a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

powder coated brass plates, micro cable, stainless steel and brass beads

168 x 102 x 6 in.
installation view of a spiral staircase leads down to the garden, san francisco museum of
modern art, 2016

 

a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

powder coated brass plates, micro cable, stainless steel and brass beads

168 x 102 x 6 in.
installation view of a spiral staircase leads down to the garden, san francisco museum of
modern art, 2016

the sensation of being outdoors, 2008
diamond-shaped mesh, black rope, brass tubes
installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 

villa, how to use, 2011

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 

1969 I, 2008
bamboo, leather

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

villa, how to use, 2011

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 

vila mallet-stevens, 2011
16 nets in nylon string

variable dimensions

installation view of casa, modo de usar, serralves museum, porto, portugal, 2011

 


 

 

notable solo exhibitions

notable solo exhibitions

Leonor Antunes’s most important solo exhibitions include: joints, voids and gaps, Museo de Arte de Sao Paulo, Brazil (2019); Leonor Antunes: discrepancies with c.p.., Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2019); discrepancias con c.p.., Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (2018); Leonor Antunes, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy (2018); the frisson of the togetherness, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); discrepancies with g.g. Tensta konsthall, Stockholm (2017); a spiral staircase leads down the garden, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, United States (2016); the pliable plane, CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2015); I Stand Like a Mirror Before You, New Museum, New York and KIOSK, Ghent, Belgium (2015); Leonor Antunes, Pérez Art Museum Miami, United States (2014); a linha é tão fina que o olho apesar de armado com uma lupa, imagina-a ao invés de vê-la II, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2013); the last days in chimalistac, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2013); le hasard est l'ennemi de tous les mètres, Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal (2012); villa, how to use, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (2012); casa, modo de usar, Serralves Foundation – Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2011); discrepancies with m.g., Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2011); walk around there. look through here, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2011).

selected group exhibitions and biennials

Recently, her work has been included in group exhibitions such as: Resonating Spaces, Fondation Beyeler, Switzerland (2019); Civilized Caves, Ladera Oeste, Guadalajara, Mexico (2017); Condemned to be Modern, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) (2017); Potency and Adversity: Art from Latin America in the Portuguese Collections, Galerias Municipais de Lisboa: Pavilhão Branco, Pavilhão Preto, Lisbon (2017); Ficciones y territorios: Arte para pensar la nueva razón del mundo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2016); Conversas: arte portuguesa recente na coleção de Serralves, Serralves Foundation – Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal (2016); Function Follows Vision, Vision Follow Reality, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015); Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice (2015); Beyond the Supersquare, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York (2014); Attention Economy, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2014); Decorum, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2013); Phoenix vs Babel, Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris (2008); Acquisitions récentes, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2007); among others.

Shw also represented the Portugal Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (2019); and took part in other biennials such as: Gwangju Biennial 2018; 57th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennial (2017); Sharjah Biennial 12, United Arab Emirates (2015); 8. Berlin Biennale (2014); 12. Fellbach Triennial of Small-Scale Sculpture, Germany (2013); SB2011 Singapore Biennale (2011); 1.a and 3.a ªBienal de Arte Contemporânea da Maia, Portugal (1999 and 2003).

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