Leonor Antunes

  • Born 1972 in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Based in Berlin, Germany.

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. 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. 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 peopleʼs everyday lives through art and design.

Recent solo exhibitions have been shown at Mudam (2019; Luxembourg), The Box (2019; Plymouth), and São Paulo Museum of Art (2019; Brazil). Antunes represented the Pavilion of Portugal at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019; Italy) and has participated in the Festival dʼAutomne in Paris (2021; France).

  • the homemaker and her domain, 2021
  • Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Festival dʼAutomne, France
  • Photo: Nick Ash Courtesy of the artist; Air de Paris, Romainville and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, Paris, London