Leonor Antunes

the frisson of the togetherness

  • Installation view of Leonor Antunes: the last days in Chimalistac, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, 2013.

    Installation view of Leonor Antunes: the last days in Chimalistac, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, 2013 [detail]. Courtesy Leonor Antunes. Photo: Nick Ash.

Free entry

03 Oct - 09 Apr 2018

Gallery 2

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Leonor Antunes: the frisson of the togetherness

3 October 2017 – 9 April 2018

Straight lines and flat planes morph into looping and twisting volumes and sculptural reliefs in the new  commission by Leonor Antunes (b. 1972, Portugal). Weavings, geometric patterns, artisanal techniques and utilitarian designs are sources of inspiration.

Taking its title from British architect Alison Smithson’s description of how young people bring together elements of style to define their identity and social allegiances, Antunes gathers references to overlooked figures in the history of 20th-century architecture, art and design, particularly women. Her commission has been informed by two artists who lived in London — Mary Martin (1907–69, UK) and Lucia Nogueira (1950–98, Brazil). While bothwere known for their sculpture, Martin also created works on paper and weavings and Nogueira made jewellery.

Antunes’s commission features hanging and floor-based sculptures made from materials including metal, leather and rope, illuminated by lights designed by the artist. The sculptures serve as screens or dividers, creating layers and shaping the viewer’s journey through the space. The gallery floor is covered in a geometric pattern, based on a drawing by Martin and made of cork and linoleum. Antunes has also selected examples of jewellery by Brazilian artist Nogueira, which are displayed in sculptural glass displaycases by Danish designer Nanna Ditzel (1923–2005).


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Curator's Tour: Leonor Antunes

Thu 2 Nov, 6.30pm
Free, Booking required

Chief Curator Lydia Yee leads a tour of the newly commissioned installation by Leonor Antunes.

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Leonor Anutunes

Thu 7 Dec, 7pm
£9.50/£7.50 concs

Informed by traditional crafts and the histories of female figures within art and architectural history, Leonor Antunes discusses her work.


Generously supported by the Whitechapel Gallery Commissioning Council:
Erin Bell
Leili Huth
Irene Panagopoulos
Catherine Petitgas
Mariela Pissioti

And with generous support from:
Galeria Luisa Strina
Air de Paris
Marian Goodman Gallery

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