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

installation view at 8th berlin biennale, kw, berlin.

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

installation view at 8th berlin biennale, kw, berlin.

raumplan, 2011

installation view at galeria luisa strina, sao paulo.

raumplan, 2011

installation view at galeria luisa strina, sao paulo.

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

anni, 2015

leather, cotton rope

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

plexiglass, brass plates, brass screws

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

a linha é tão fina que o olho, apesar de armado com uma lupa, imagina-a ao invés de vê-la, 2013

installation view at kunsthale lissabon, lisbon.

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

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

installation view at sfmoma, san francisco.

a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

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

installation view at sfmoma, san francisco.

the sensation of being outdoors, 2008

diamond-shaped mesh, black rope, brass tubes

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

2 altered measuring rods, 2006

stainless steel and copper

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

villa, how to use, 2011

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

1969 I, 2008

bamboo, leather

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

villa, how to use, 2011

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

vila mallet-stevens, 2011

16 nets in nylon string

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

 

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

installation view at 8th berlin biennale, kw, berlin.

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

installation view at 8th berlin biennale, kw, berlin.

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raumplan, 2011

installation view at galeria luisa strina, sao paulo.

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raumplan, 2011

installation view at galeria luisa strina, sao paulo.

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discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

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discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

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discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

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discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

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discrepancies with m.g., 2011

installation view at museo experimental el eco, mexico city.

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the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

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the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

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the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

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the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

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the last days in chimalistac, 2013

installation view at kunsthalle basel, basel.

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anni, 2015

leather, cotton rope

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

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i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

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i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

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i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

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i stand like a mirror before you, 2015

plexiglass, brass plates, brass screws

installation view at kiosk, ghent.

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le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

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le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

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le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

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le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

image

le plan pliable, 2015

installation view at centre d'art contemporain de bordeaux, bordeaux.

image

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

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the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

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the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

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the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

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the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

image

the umpredictability of possible future uses, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial 12: the past, the present, the possible, sharjah.

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a linha é tão fina que o olho, apesar de armado com uma lupa, imagina-a ao invés de vê-la, 2013

installation view at kunsthale lissabon, lisbon.

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leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

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leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

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leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

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leonor antunes: i stand like a mirror before you, 2014

installation view at new museum, new york.

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a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

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

installation view at sfmoma, san francisco.

image

a skylight alley running sideways, 2016

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

installation view at sfmoma, san francisco.

image

the sensation of being outdoors, 2008

diamond-shaped mesh, black rope, brass tubes

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

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2 altered measuring rods, 2006

stainless steel and copper

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

image

villa, how to use, 2011

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

image

1969 I, 2008

bamboo, leather

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

image

villa, how to use, 2011

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

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vila mallet-stevens, 2011

16 nets in nylon string

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

 

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’s most important solo exhibitions include: 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).

 

Recently, her work has been included in group exhibitions such as: 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.

 

She has also been a part of 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).

 

Leonor Antunes lives and works in Berlin.