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Leonor Antunes: sequences, inversions and permutations

Por­tuguese artist Leonor Antunes is an inter­na­tion­al­ly recog­nised artist who rep­re­sent­ed her coun­try at the Venice Bien­nale in 2019.

18/05/21 – 31/08/21
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00
Monday, Closed
Tue–Sat, 10:00 – 17:00
Antunes’ practice explores the possibilities of sculpture to connect with architecture and design. Melding the unfamiliar with the familiar, she uses materials such as rope, leather and glass, associated with ancient craft traditions, to highlight the histories embedded within material production.

The painstaking, considered nature of her work also provides a timely counter-balance to our increasingly digitised, fast-paced world.

For The Box she has created a beautiful new fused glass window for St Luke's church, alongside a new floor work, a series of rope, leather and brass hanging sculptures that resonate with historic ships’ rope making in Plymouth, and hand blown Murano glass pendant lights and slatted partitions, which mirror the pattern of the floor, the colours in the window and the church’s original columns.

These varied elements play with movement, shade, texture and division in space, but also deliberately blur the line between where the building’s architecture ends and her art starts.

With Antunes’ interest in work created by women pioneers, the window’s design is inspired by a detail from the marbled end papers from the book Insects of Surinam, first published in 1705 by one of the foremost naturalists of her time, Maria Sibylla Merian (The Box has an original copy dated 1726 – on display in the Cottonian Reading Room). The floor work is an enlarged version of a 1955 painting by Brazilian artist Lygia Clark. Both women fought to break down boundaries and question what was considered to be the norm.

Antunes' work in the restored St Luke's church adds a peaceful and reflective element to the visitor experience at The Box. It is part of 'Making It' - The Box's inaugural contemporary art exhibition.
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