Alexandre Estrela: Meio Concreto
The catalog dedicated to the exhibition "House, mode of use", which Leonor Antunes designed specifically for Casa de Serralves in 2011. The exhibition was on view in Serralves from July 15 to October 2, 2011.
A wide selection of views of the installation and five essays make up the most significant monograph to date published on the work of Leonor Antunes.
An essay by Dieter Roelstraete examines, in the context of a singular reflection on the philosophical history of the construction of huts, the speculative concerns that, gathered under the concept of architecture, Antunes shares with the three greatest German-speaking philosophers of the 19th century. XX (Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Adorno): identity and belonging, familiarity and rootlessness, domesticity and interiority, measure and proportion, space and balance.
From the study of the reconversion of Park Avenue in Manhattan in the post-War period, Maria Berman approaches the theme of duplication in architecture.
Doris van Drathen identifies the artist's attempt to elevate measurement to a dimension in which it becomes — like writing or drawing — an instrument for understanding the world.
Nuria Enguita Mayo addresses the problems of scale, duplication, and restriction, among other domestic concepts and spatialities.
Ricardo Nicolau analyzes the artist's dialogue with the architecture of the Casa de Serralves and the memory of other modernist buildings and her interest in the so-called minor decorative arts and today on the verge of extinction.
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