Leonor Antunes: the frisson of the togetherness
Opening on 3 October 2017, the Whitechapel Gallery’s new site-specific commission by Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes (b.1972, Lisbon) is the artist’s first solo exhibition in a public gallery in the UK.
Antunes creates sculptures that respond to the architectural and historical context in which they are presented. Her works often reference overlooked figures in the history of Modernism, particularly female architects, artists and designers including Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Lina Bo Bardi, Eileen Gray and Greta Grossman. Examples of traditional craft techniques, such as hand-knotting fishing nets or the braiding of leather horse bridles, can be seen throughout the artist’s body of work.
Leonor Antunes has risen to prominence in recent years with important solo exhibitions at the Tensta Konsthall, Tensta, Stockholm (2017), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2016), New Museum, New York (2015), Museum Serralves, Porto (2011 & 2016), Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (2013) and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011). Her work has been included in major international exhibitions including Viva Arte Viva, the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the 12th Sharjah Biennial (2015), the 8th Berlin Biennale (2014) and the Singapore Biennial (2011). She studied sculpture at the University of Lisbon and Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe. She lives and works in Berlin.
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