This richly illustrated monograph documents a series of sculptural works engaging with the histories of 20th-century architecture, design and art—particularly the heritage of the Black Mountain College and the international Modern Movement.
The exhibition by Leonor Antunes at Kunsthalle Basel in 2013, titled “the last days in chimalistac,” was the first comprehensive presentation of the Portuguese artist in Switzerland. Within her practice she engages with the history of 20th century architecture, design and art and creates complex but fragile installations and sculptures out of metal, leather, finest woods, and nets. This accompanying publication focuses on the visual representation of Antunes's work, and points out the fragility and beauty of the material itself. An essay by Kunsthalle Basel director and curator Adam Szymczyk introduces the backdrop, the hidden protagonists, among other Clara Porset, Anni Albers or Lina Bo Bardri
, and talks about the practice practice of Antunes, how she reconstructs basic ideas and highlights not only the form but the politics that come with it.
Published following the eponymous exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel, from September 22, to November 17, 2013.
Born 1972 in Lisbon, Leonor Antunes lives and works in Berlin. Solo exhibitions were presented at CAPC
(Bordeaux), Tensta konsthall (Stockholm), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museo Tamayo et Museo Experimental El Eco (Mexico), Pérez Art Museum (Miami), Kunsthalle Basel, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (Hamburg), Kunstverein Dusseldorf, Museu de Serralves
(Porto), Museo Nacional Reina Sofia ( Madrid), Credac (Ivry-sur-Seine)... Her work has also been included in a number of international group exhibitions, including the 12th Sharjah Biennial, UAE, and the 8th Berlin Biennial, and has recently been exhibited in venues such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts (New York), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), CNEAI
(Chatou), and MIT List Visual Arts Center (2012).