Prof. Tom McDonough’s essay “Weaving a World,” on Portuguese sculptor Leonor Antunes (b. 1972) has appeared in The Last Days at Galliate, a monograph accompanying her 2018-19 exhibition at the Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan. Her creations aim at a physical experience measurable with the perception of memory.
With her sculptures, Antunes reinterprets the history of art, design, and architecture of the twentieth century, and in particular the tradition of Modernism in its most radical and experimental instances. Inspired by the work of artists, architects, and designers, Antunes conducts careful research on their projects, studies their proportions and measurements and, after selecting some details and fragments, transforms them into new forms and elegant artworks.