Leonor Antunes

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Antunes' practice provides a unique contemplation on modern art, architecture and design through a reinterpretation of sculpture in a given space.

Leonor Antunes was born in 1972 in Lisbon. She lives and works currently in Berlin. Antunes' practice provides a unique contemplation on modern art, architecture and design through a reinterpretation of sculpture in a given space. Inspired by important figures in the realm of creation in the 20th century, and often influenced by female protagonists, her work begins by measuring features of architecture and design that interest her. She then uses these measurements as units which can be translated into sculpture.Embracing traditional craftsmanship from around the world, she employs materials such as rope, leather, cork, wood, brass, and rubber to create unusual forms. 

Recent solo exhibitions have been shown at MASP, São Paulo Museum of Art, Brazil (2019); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico (2018); Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy (2018);  Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California (2016); CAPC Bordeaux, France (2015); New Museum, New York (2015); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2013); and the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, (2011). Antunes represented the Portuguese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Italy in 2019 and has participated in the 57th Venice Biennale (2017; the 12th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2015); and the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014).

Antunes' practice provides a unique contemplation on modern art, architecture and design through a reinterpretation of sculpture in a given space.

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