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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.

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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.

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1969 I, 2008

bamboo, leather

installation view at serralves villa, porto.

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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 histories of 20th century architecture, design and art, the work of Leonor Antunes reflects on the functions of everyday objects, contemplating the potential of Modernist forms to be materialized as sculptures. Antunes investigates the coded values and invisible flow of ideas embedded within objects, transforming them into reimagined abstract structures. Integrating materials such as rope, wood, leather and brass, Antunes silently rattles at the aesthetic traces of Modernism to foresee an altogether revived, rethought way of looking forward by looking back. Borrowing from vernacular traditions of craftsmanship from locations such as South America, Mexico and Portugal, Antunes seeks to understand the construction principles behind rational designs, as well as the process of abstracting reality through its reduction to geometry. The grid, present in most of the art works, objects and buildings she references, finds itself transformed into brass nets, interlaced and knotted strings, leather straps and bands of cotton threads hand-woven on looms. Her source of inspiration is provided mostly by the practice of female artists ‒ not only through their radical social and political stances, but also in their practical aspiration to improve people’s everyday lives through art and design.


Her most important exhibitions include: a spiral staircase leads down the garden, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA), San Francisco, United States (2016); the pliable plane, CAPC Musée d’Árt Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France (2015); Leonor Antunes: I stand like a mirror before you, New Museum, New York, United States (2015); the last days in Chimalistac, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2013); RAUMPLAN, Gallery Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil (2013); villa, how to use, Museu de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2011); discrepancies with M.G., Museo El Eco, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); the space of the window, Air de Paris, Paris, France (2007); your private sky, Isabella Bortolozzi Galerie, Berlin, Germany.


Furthermore, her work has been included in the following biennials: 57th International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017); Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2015); Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach 2013, Fellbach, Germany; 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2014); 3rd Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2011); Bienal de Maia, Maia, Portugal (1999).


Leonor Antunes currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.