Leonor Antunes

And Berlin Will Always Need You - Berlin_Exhibition_©_Mathias_Voelzke
55 ocatedros (55 octahedrons)
discrepancies with M.G
original is full of doubts
the surface of a room on which one stands
dwelling place

Born in 1972, Lisbon, Portugal.
Lives and work in Berlin and Lisbon.



  • 1st year of the Staging course at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. Lisboa. Portugal.
  • 1993/98

  • Degree in Visual Arts/Sculpture, at the Fine Arts faculty of Universidade de Lisboa. Portugal.



  • Zurich Art Prize.

Individual Exhibitions


  • Zurich Art Prize 2019, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 2018

  • the last days in Galliate, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy.
  • Discrepancies with C.P., Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • a thousand realities from an original mark, Marian Goodman Gallery, London, England.
  • 2017

  • the frisson of the togetherness, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England.
  • Discrepancies with G.G, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Acrotonie, Air de Paris Gallery, Paris, France.
  • 2016

  • If I can’t Dance, I don’t Want to be part of your Revolution, If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam, Holland.
  • Villa André Bloc, Meudon, France.
  • a spiral staircase leads down to the garden, SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA.
  • 2015

  • I Stand Like a Mirror Before You, KIOSK, Ghent, Belgium.
  • I Stand Like a Mirror Before You, New Museum, New York, USA.
  • Salão Nobre do Teatro Nacional, Porto, Portugal.
  • CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France.
  • 2014

  • PAMM Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA.
  • 2013

  • the last days in chimalistac, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
  • a linha é tão fina que o olho apesar de aramado com uma lupa, imagina-a ao invés de vê-la, Kunsthalle, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Raumplan, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil.
  • the space of the window, artist’s choice, collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.
  • 2012

  • l’hazard et l’enemie de tous les metres, with ‘more publishers’ of Vleesaal, Middelsburg, Holland.
  • l’hazard et l’enemie de tous les metres, solo project with ‘more publishers’, PaperView, Porto Maus Hábitos, Portugal.
  • sculptures for travelling, Kunstverein Harburger Banhof, Hamburg, Germany.
  • parallel bars, Air de Paris Gallery, Paris, France.
  • assembled, moved, re-arranged and scrapped continuously, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
  • discepanices with T.P., ARCO Solo Projects, Madrid, Spain.
  • discrepancies with M.G., Nilufar, Milan, Italy.
  • 2011

  • villa, how use use, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • discrepancies with M.G., Museo El Eco, Mexico City.
  • walk around there, look through here, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain.
  • casa, modo de usar, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal.
  • floor, L40, Berlin, Germany.
  • modern day (from the collection Joelle Roma), Studio Krimm, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2008

  • original is full of doubts, Le Credac Centre d’art contemporain Ivry Sur Seine, Paris, France.
  • 1763/2008, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
  • architectura, Galeria do Lago, Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • villa A 7812, Chiado 8, Fidelidade Seguros, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2007

  • dwelling place, Associazione Barriera, Turin, Italy.
  • the space of the window, Air de Paris Gallery, Paris, France.
  • uncertainty and delight in the unknown, Dicksmith Gallery, London, England.
  • 2006

  • your private sky, Isabella Bortolozzi Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2005

  • duplicate, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2004

  • apotoméus, Casa da Cerca, Almada, Portugal.
  • 2003

  • fichet, Culturgest, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Porto, Portugal.
  • 2002

  • 20th Calçada da Estrela (front door), Galeria Lisboa 20, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • ante-sala, Museum of Antique Art, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2000

  • home is where you are (public art installation), Norwich, England.
  • 1998

  • circus rope, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • step by step, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Collective Exhibitions


  • Black Box: Potlatch, Museu do Caramulo, Caramulo, Portugal.
  • Interiorities, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
  • Mesa dos Sonhos, Museu Municipal de Matosinhos, Matosinhos, Portugal.
  • A seam, a surface, a hinge or a knot, Portugal Pavillion at the 58th Venice Biennial, Italy.
  • And Berlin Will Always Need You. Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin, Gropius Bau, Berlim, Germany.
  • A metade do céu, curated by Pedro Cabrita Reis, Fundação Arpad Szenes – Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2018

  • The Pliable Plan / Rococo in Contemporary Art, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany.
  • Haus Wittgenstein, MAAT – Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia, Lisboa, Portugal.
  • 2017

  • Potência e Adversidade – Art from Latin America in the Portuguese Collections, Museu de Lisboa / Pavilhão Branco e Pavilhão Preto, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Condemned to be Modern, LAMAG Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Ways of the hand, Maisterravalbuena, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 57th Venice Biennial, Italy.
  • 2016

  • CAPC Collection, Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, France.
  • Ficciones y territorios: Arte para pensar la nueva razón del mundo, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain.
  • Conversas: arte portuguesa recente na coleção de Serralves, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal.
  • Leonor Antunes, Haris Epaminonda, Bethan Huws, Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, Germany.
  • Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi”, Stroom den Haag, The Hague, The Netherlands.
  • sem saber quando virá o amanheçer, Galeria Silvia Cintra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Introduction series – If I can’t Dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution”, Cygnus Gymnasium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Geographies of Dust and Air, Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, Scottland.
  • from here to there, Kurimanzutto travels to Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • Houses jn the CAM Collection, CAM Centro de Arte Moderna, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2015

  • Function Follows Vision, Vision Follow Reality, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria.
  • Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy.
  • 12th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah Art Foundation, UEA.
  • 2014

  • 8th Berlin Biennial, KW, Berlin, Germany.
  • Behind the super square, Bronx Museum, New York, USA.
  • Ökonomie der Aufmerksmkeit, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria.
  • Pier 54, High Line, New York, USA.
  • 2013

  • Decorum, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.
  • Topo Dendro Philia, Pillar Corrias Gallery, London, England.
  • Textiles, Open Letter, Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany.
  • Fellbach Triennial, Germany.
  • Reading Danse, Le C.N.E.A.I., France.
  • Conceptual Tendencies 1960s to Today II. Body, Space, Volume., Daymler Crysler, Berlin, Germany.
  • After, Gallery JGM, Paris, France.
  • Sentido de deriva – Obras da colecção da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Culturgest, Porto, Portugal.
  • 2012

  • Weights and Measures, Eleven Rivington Gallery, New York, USA.
  • in situ, IAC Institut d’Art Contemporain Villeurbane, Rhône-Alpes, France.
  • Livros de artista, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Man in the Holocene, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, USA.
  • Das Gleiche nochmal anders – über die Unmöglichkeit der Wiederholung, Galerie A. Kaufmann, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2011

  • a form is simply something which allows something else to be transported from one site to the other, Murray Guy Gallery, New York, USA.
  • the language of less (then and now), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA.
  • next season, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Pas De Rapport Morceaux Choisis, Galerie de L’Erg, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Zona letal espaço vital, obras da colecção da CGD, Portugal.
  • Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas, Portugal.
  • Provas de cor / trabalhos da coleção EDP, Museu da Imagem em Movimento, Leiria, Portugal.
  • 2010

  • Alongside – Leonor Antunes and Amalia Pica, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Art Feature with Carol Rama, Art Basel, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Basel, Switzerland.
  • the sounds inside my mind, Nathalie Seroussi Gallery, Paris, France.
  • Chambres a part 4, La reserve, Paris, France.
  • Rehabilitation’, Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Arte Y Investigation 09, Centro Cultural de Montehermoso, Victoria Gasteiz, Spain.
  • Le Carrillon de Big Ben, Le Credac, Ivry Sur Seine, Paris, France.
  • per form, Francesca Pia Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • CAPC or Life in the Grip of Art, CAPC, Bordeaux, France.
  • Le Carillon de Big Ben, Galerie des Multiples, Paris, France.
  • 2009

  • Drawing Sculpture, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany.
  • La importancia del Pez Cebra, Gallery Parra & Romero, Madrid, Spain.
  • La Recherche I, Galerie Air de Paris, Paris, France.
  • The Actuality of the Idea, Gallery Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, England.
  • Beaufort 03, Oostende/Knokke, Belgium.
  • The Thing, Cultural Centre Mechelen, Belgium.
  • Itenerários 07-08, Fundación Botín, Santander, Spain.
  • 2008

  • Phoenix VS Babel, Fondation Paul Ricard, Paris, France.
  • Transformational grammars, Galeria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy.
  • Articulações, Fábrica da Cerveja, Faro, Portugal.
  • 2007

  • Acquisitions récentes, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.
  • Minimalism and Applied, DaimlerChrysler, Haus Huth, Berlim, Germany.
  • Oú? Scènes du Sud: Espagne, Italie, Portugal, Carré d’Art, Musee d’Art Contemporain, Nimes, France.
  • 2006

  • Public – une retro perspective, Public, Paris, France.
  • 1:1 Leonor Antunes e Didier Fiuza Faustino, Fundação Serralves at the Pavilhão de Portugal, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • 51 Avenue de Iéna, Centre Culturel Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, France.
  • 2005

  • Le principe de incertitude, Public, Paris, France.
  • Seducidos por el acidente, Fundación Luis Seoane, La Coruña, Spain.
  • Untitled, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
  • Ticket 9, Carlier Gebauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
  • Outras arquitecturas, outras alternativas, outros artistas, Galeria Carlos Carvalho, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • EDP Prizes, Centro Cultural da Cidade de Tavira, Portugal.
  • 2004

  • Europeen space, Sculpture Quadriennal, Riga’s City Museum, Riga, Latvia.
  • 2003

  • Tabaqueira Art Prize, Casa dos Bicos, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • a dois, Museu Francisco Tavares Proença Junior, Castelo Branco, Portugal.
  • continuação 5, alguns fragmentos do universo, Centro Cultural Sines, Sines, Portugal.
  • Bienal da Maia, Maia, Portugal.
  • Colecção de Arte Contemporânea da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, MEIAC, Badajoz, Spain.
  • Crussed objects, Experimenta Design, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Outras alternativas, Vigo Museum, Vigo, Spain.
  • 2002

  • Arte Público, Museu de Arte contemporânea Serralves, Porto, Portugal.
  • Culturgest Collection, Culturgest, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • interpress exibit A, Edifício Interpress, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • See you at the Premiere-Fair, Kongresszentrum, Berlin, Germany.
  • 2001

  • Disseminações, Culturgest, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • City Desk Prize, Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal.
  • União Latina Prize, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Squatters/Ocupações, Serralves Villa, Porto, Portugal.
  • Introdução, Electricity Museum, EDP, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • situation zero, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA.
  • Lisboa Capital do Nada, public art in Marvila, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2000

  • Noah is going to London, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, England.
  • Microart, Livrarias Assírio Liquida, Bulhosa e Livreiros, Barata, Bucholz, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Microart, Hannover, Germany.
  • Olhar da Contemporaneidade, Art Attack project in Lisbon, Palácio Rosa, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Alquimías das Artes, São Francisco Monastery, Coimbra, Portugal.
  • Southern Exposure, ZDB Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • Plano XXI, Glasgow, Scottland.
  • Contaminantes Comunicantes, 10 artistas + 10 arquitetos, Fine Arts National Society, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Depósito, Casa de Fernando Pessoa, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 1999

  • Foot Notes, Museu de Cerâmica Caldas da Rainha, Art Attack, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.
  • Wc Container, Porto, Portugal.
  • WorkShop Suey II, Jardins Amadora, Portugal.
  • Bienal da Maia, Maia, Portugal.
  • 7 artistas ao 10º mês, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Os eléctricos que vão para Antuérpia (public space installation), Lisbon, Portugal.

Public Collections


    Associação Nacional de Farmácia, Lisbon, Portugal.

    CAM Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal.

    CAPC, Musee d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France.

    Coppel, Mexico.

    Culturgest, Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon, Portugal.

    Daimler Collection, Stuttgart, Germany.

    Fiorucci Art Trust, London, England.

    FRAC Aquitaine, France.

    FRAC Marseille, France.

    FNAP Fonds National d’Arts Contemporains, France.

    Jumex Collection, Mexico.

    Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France.

    Museo Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid, Spain.

    Perez Art Museum, Miami, USA.

    PLMJ Collection, Lisbon, Portugal.

    Serralves Collection, Porto, Portugal.

    SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA.

    Tate Collection, England.

    Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA.





  • “the last days in chimalistac”, Kunsthalle Basel, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation & BOM DIA BOA TARDE BOA NOITE.
  • 2015

  • “I Stand Like a Mirror Before You”, New Museum, New York.
  • 2012

  • Leonor Antunes, Emmanuelle Lequeux, Le Monde n°20978, Lundi 2 Juillet 2012, p.17.
  • Sculptors discuss Sculpture,Jennifer Higgie, Frieze n°147, May 2012, p.204-216.
  • Brooke Hodge, Seeing Things/Leonor Antunes, Tactile Minimalist, The New-York Times, April 26, 2012.
  • 2011

  • Frederic Montornés,Restos de vida, Exit Express n°58, Avril/Mai 2011.
  • Néo-modernes?, L’art Même n°50,Mars/Mai 2011, p.9.
  • Quinn Latimer, Frieze, November/December 2011, p.151.
  • 2010

  • 1785-87-90 – 2010, artist book. edition of 200.
  • Carte blanche à Leonor Antunes, Mecca, n° 3, 2009.
  • Leonor Antunes, Artist Project, Mousse, issue 26, November 2010.
  • Doris von Drathen, Of “World Lines” and Other Forgotten Voices; Nuria Enguita Mayo, Perturbing.
  • Vision: A Leonor Antunes Portfolio, Afterall, n° 24, summer 2010, pp. 89-106.
  • Leonor Antunes, The spherical space of James Benning, May, n° 4, 06/2010, pp. 210-211.
  • Roxana Azimi, Fusion des générations, Le Journal des Arts, n° 327, du 11juin au 24 juin 2010.
  • Catherine Taft, Review, Artforum, May 2010, pp. 259-260.
  • 2009

  • Clément Dirié, La tentation de l’architecture, Archistorm, n° 39, nov/déc. 2009, pp. 128-129.
  • Interview conducted by Elein Fleiss, I arrived in Rio on march 5, 2008, Les Cahiers Purple n°1, p. 270-274.
  • Dieter Roelstraete, A propos and around the work of Leonor Antunes, Les Cahiers Purple n°1, p122-124.
  • Bénédicte Ramade, Re-moderne, 02, n° 49, printemps 2009, pp. 15-18.
  • 2008

  • Oscar Faria, Duas exposicoes relevantes de artistas portugueses em Paris, ipsilon.publico.pt.
  • Claire Moulène, Expos, Les Inrockuptibles, n° 680, 9 décembre 2008, p. 77.
  • Manuela Synek, O observador no centro da obra, Umbigo, n° 24, mars 2008.
  • dwelling place, catalog, edition of 500. edited by Associazione Barriera, Torino. Printed in Germany. Designed with Manuel Raeder, text by Aurelie Voltz.
  • 2007

  • the space of the window, artist book, edition of 8+2AP. Printed in Maia, Portugal.
  • 2006

  • Aurélie Voltz, Review, Flash Art, juin 2006.
  • 2005

  • duplicate, artist book, edition of 1000. edited by Kunstlerhaus Bethanien and in Germany, Berlin. collaboration with Pedro Falcão. Texts by Doris von Drathen and Marianne Lanavere.
  • 2004

  • apotoméus, edition of 700. edited by Casa da Cerca and printed in Lisbon, Portugal. Collaboration with Pedro Falcão. Texts by Ricardo Nicolau.
  • 2002

  • ante-sala, artist book , edition of 500. edited by Fundação EDP and printed in Lisbon, Portugal. collaboration with Pedro Falcão.
  • 2000

  • the city walker, artist book, edition of 350. printed in Norwich, United Kingdom.


  • Leonor Antunes – Zurich Art Prize 2019. Institucional, October 31 2019 — January 12 2020 Zurich, CH.
  • Resonating Spaces. Institucional, October 06 2019 — January 26 2020 Basel, CH.
  • Project Room. Institucional, September 20 — October 24 2019 Rennes, FR.
  • Black Box: Potlatch. June 29 — December 29 2019 Caramulo, PT.
  • Mesa dos Sonhos. May 18 — September 15 2019 Matosinhos, PT.
  • A seam, a surface, a hinge or a knot. May 11 — November 24 2019 Venice, IT.
  • And Berlin Will Always Need You. Art, Craft and Concept Made in Berlin. March 22 — June 16 2019 Berlin, DE.
  • The Flexible Plan / Rococo in Contemporary Art. September 23 2018 — January 06 2019 Leverkusen, DE.
  • the last days in Galliate. September 14 2018 — January 13 2019 Milan, IT.
  • 12a Gwangju Biennale 2018. September 07 — November 11 2018 Gwangju, KR.
  • Discrepâncias com C.P.. June 08 — September 02 2018 Mexico City, MX.
  • Potência e Adversidade – arte da América Latina nas coleções em Portugal. November 12 2017 — January 07 2018 Lisbon, PT.
  • the frisson of the togetherness. October 03 2017 — April 08 2018 London, GB.
  • Condemned to be Modern. September 10 2017 — January 28 2018 Los Angeles, US.
  • Discrepancies with G.G. June 01 — September 24 2017 Stockholm, SE.
  • 57a Bienal de Veneza. May 13 — November 26 2017 Venice, IT.
  • Acrotonie. February 04 — March 25 2017 Paris, FR.
  • If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution. November 24 — December 11 2016 Amsterdam, NL.
  • If I can’t Dance, I don’t Want to be part of your Revolution. November 24 — December 11 2016 Amsterdam, NL.
  • New Works. May 14 — October 02 2016 San Francisco, US.
  • Another Reality. After Lina Bo Bardi. April 23 — July 03 2016 The Hague, NL.
  • The Pliable Plane. November 27 2015 — April 17 2016 Bordeaux, FR.
  • I Stand Like a Mirror Before You. September 19 — November 15 2015 Gent, BE.
  • I Stand Like a Mirror Before You. June 24 — September 06 2015 New York, US.
  • Artigas. June 13 — July 12 2015 Oporto, PT.
  • Presque rien. June 05 — July 31 2015 Paris, FR.
  • Function Follows Vision, Vision Follow Reality. May 27 — August 23 2015 Vienna, AT.
  • Slip of the Tongue. April 12 — December 31 2015 Venice, IT.
  • Bienal de Sharjah 12: O passado, o presente, o possível. March 05 — June 05 2015 Sharjah, AE.
  • A secluded and pleasant land. in this land I wish to dwell. Notícia, August 21 2014 — January 18 2015 Miami, US.
  • 8th Berlin Biennale. Notícia, May 29 — August 03 2014 Berlin, DE.
  • Beyond the Supersquare. Notícia, May 01 2014 — January 11 2015 New York, US.
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