A new exhibition at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket showcases Portuguese, Berlin-based artist Leonor Antunes, who engages with traditions of modernist art, architecture and design through sculpture, basing her work on the specifics of a given place.
A thread (often literally) running through her work is the unsung modernist work of historical, often female, practitioners such as architect, designer and writer Sadie Speight, whose work included a house in Cumbria for textile designer Alistair Morton of Edinburgh Weavers, unusually incorporating cork – a traditional Portuguese material now given added resonance for the artist. A cork floor work forms the centrepiece of this exhibition, with a pattern taken from the work of 1930s modernist rug-designer Marian Pepler.
As usual with Fruitmarket, there is a strong supporting events programme including two evening sessions with architect Akiko Kobayashi and others. Admission is free.