Artists

Leunora Salihu

Leunora Salihu, born in 1977 in Prishtina, Kosovo, where she later studied at the Academy for Fine Arts. Early on, Salihu took up a very individual track and continues to pursue, often combining different materials in her sculptures including ceramic, wood, and metal. Her sculptures, along with the spatial bodies and installations, explore the possibilities and limits of movements by using the repetition of organic and constructive form-elements. She has established a considerable and multi-layered vocabulary of industrial, architectural, and organic forms, which grant her works a sense of functionality, blurring the lines between where the sculpture ends and where the pedestal begins; between interior and exterior.

In 1999 she fled to Germany, where she moved her studies to the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and then further to the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, where she worked with Tony Cragg, and from which she graduated in 2009. She has received several awards and grants, including the Lothar-Fischer-Preis (2017), a fellowship of Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn (2017), the Bronner Residency, Tel Aviv (2014), a working scholarship at the European Ceramics Work Centre in the Netherlands (2010) as well as the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck scholarship (2011). Her work was included in a number of group exhibitions, including The National Gallery of Kosovo (2017), Philara Stiftung (2015), Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2015), Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven (2015), Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf (2014/15), and Kunstraum Düsseldorf (2012). The first noteworthy solo exhibitions Salihu had in 2011/12 at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg and very recently at the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (2017). Leunora Salihu lives and works in Düsseldorf.

 

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
Philara Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany

2019
KiZ-Kultur im Zentrum, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany

2018
Museum Lothar Fischer, Neumarkt i.d.OPf., Germany
Urknall, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2017
In search of the present, The National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo
Gravity on a Journey, Künstlerräume, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

2016
Eternity suddenly happens, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2015
Philara Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany

2014
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2013
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany

2012
Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Germany (with Anna Vogel) (cat.)
66. Internationaler Bergischer Kunstpreis, National-Bank AG Wuppertal, Germany (with Jochen Mühlenbrink)

2011/12
Junction, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany (cat.)

2010
Tube End, sculpture in opened space / junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz, Essen, Germany (cat.)
Regenhaut, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf, Germany
dipol, Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen, Germany (with Flora Hitzing)

 

selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Blickachsen 12, Bad Homburg, Germany

2018
die Geschichte der Kunstgießerei Schmäke, Stadtmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany
DRAWING NOW, National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo
Kiel off. Projekträume im Überblick, Stadtgalerie am Kiel, Germany
VLUGSCHRIFT / FLUGBLÄTTER, Pictura Dordrecht, Netherlands

2017
Leunora Salihu & Leon Manoloudakis, Frontviews, Berlin, Germany
Flugblätter, Künstler Gut Loitz e.V., Loitz, Germany

2016
Kumsitz. The Bronner Residency Grant Holders, Part II, Düsseldorf KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany

2015
Do you want something sweet?, City Gallery Piran, Slowenia
Temporary Relocation: The Bronner Residency, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
Lekker Belangrijk! as long as there’s a buzz, TAC Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven, Netherlands (cat.)

2014/15
Skulpturen und Objekte von Künstlerinnen aus der Sammlung Moderne, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

2014
Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2013
Die Bildhauer. Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 1945 bis heute, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20, Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)
RAUM + OBJEKT, Teil X: RaumInterventionen, Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Die „Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf“, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)
summer group show, Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany
sculpture NOW, Galerie Ruth Leuchter, Düsseldorf, Germany
group show, Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany

2012
66. Internationale Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany (cat.)
new talents, junge biennale Köln, Cologne Germany (cat.)
new talents, Landesvertretung NRW, Berlin, Germany

2011
Deserto Rosso, MAP, Düsseldorf, Germany
Kunstverein Oberhausen, Germany
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany
British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain

2010
die grosse Kunstausstellung NRW, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)

2009
parcours interdit, Malkastenpark Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)
Trendwände, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Germany

2008
fremdkörper, Orangerie Schloss Benrath, Germany

2007
Gottfried-Brockmann-Preis, Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Germany (cat.) Muthesius Export, Kunstverein Linda, Hamburg, Germany

2006
WalzSchelleWerk, Clubruine, Düsseldorf, Germany
Klasse Kamp 1974-2006, Kunsthalle und Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)

2005
Muse heute – Inspirationsquellen aktueller Kunst, Kunsthalle und Städtische Galerie Bremen, Germany  (cat.)
Berlin-Kiel – junge Kunst, Kunstverein Schloß Plön, Germany
Stadtzeichen, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
pre-production, Landesvertretung Berlin, Germany

2004
Altar und Tafel, Landeskulturzentrum Salzau, Germany (cat.)

 

PUBLICY SITED WORKS

Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Michael Horbach Stiftung, Cologne
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
NATIONAL-BANK SAMMLUNG
Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf

 

selected BIBLIOGRAPHY

Leunora Salihu,
with texts by Friedrich Meschede and Julia Wallner, cat. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, July 2 – August 27, 2016
Leunora Salihu, with a text by Sabine Maria Schmidt, cat., published on the occasion of the exhibition at Kunstraum Düsseldorf, December 7, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Leunora Salihu. Junction, with a text by Marion Bornscheuer, cat. published on the occasion of the exhibition at Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, December 8, 2011 – March 4, 2012
Leunora Salihu. Tube End, Verein Kunst am Moltkeplatz e.V. (ed.), with a text by Tankred Stachelhaus, published on the occasion of the exhibition Tube End. junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz Essen, October 2010 – September 2011

  • Bogen, 2016
    ceramic

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  • Chip, 2017
    multiplex board, ceramic, enamel, magnet

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  • Urknall, 2017
    multiplex board, ceramic, glaze

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  • Welle, 2017
    ceramic, enamel, MDF

  • Wurf, 2014
    3 parts work, part 1 wood and polyester resin, part 2 wood, part 3 wood

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  • Turm, 2016
    ceramic

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  • Treppe, 2015
    wood

  • Untitled, 2009
    Wood, plastic, tar paper

  • Haus, 2009
    Plaster, iron

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  • Blasebalg, 2015
    wood, plastic

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  • Propeller, 2016
    ceramic, MDF

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  • Loch 2, 2014
    Wood

  • Untitled, 2009
    plaster, iron

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  • Schwester, 2012-2013
    Ceramic, iron, MDF

  • Säule, 2011
    Plaster, iron, wood

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  • Untitled, 2016
    ceramic

  • Untitled, 2016
    Ceramic

  • Tunnel, 2016
    ceramic

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  • Untitled, 2014
    Ink on paper

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  • Untitled, 2014
    ink on paper

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  • Untitled, 2014
    Ink on paper

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  • Untitled, 2014
    ink on paper

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  • Untitled, 2014
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  • Untitled, 2014
    ink on paper

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CAPTION

Bogen, 2016
ceramic
204 x 54 x 30 cm | 80 1/3 x 21 1/4 x 11 3/4 in

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Chip, 2017
multiplex board, ceramic, enamel, magnet
52 x 180 x 26 cm | 20 1/2 x 70 3/4 x 10 1/4 in

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Urknall, 2017
multiplex board, ceramic, glaze
220 x 220 x 480 cm | 86 2/3 x 86 2/3 x 189 in

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Welle, 2017
ceramic, enamel, MDF
205 x 45 x 45 cm | 80 2/3 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in

Wurf, 2014
3-part work, part 1: wood and polyester resin, part 2 and 3: wood
various dimensions

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Turm, 2016
ceramic
186 x 74 x 38 cm | 73 1/4 x 29 1/4 x 15 in

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Treppe, 2015
wood
250 x 200 x 200 cm | 98 1/2 x 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in

Untitled, 2009 | LS/GTS 28
Wood, plastic, tar paper
175 x 225 x 250 cm | 69 x 88 2/3 x 98 1/2 in

Haus, 2009
Plaster, iron
173 x 143 x 90 cm | 68 x 56 1/3 x 35 1/2 in

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Blasebalg, 2015
wood, plastic
305 x 20 x 104 cm | 120 x 7 3/4 x 41 in

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Propeller, 2016
ceramic, MDF
136 x 75 x 75 cm | 53 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 in

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Loch 2, 2014
Wood
120 x 120 x 55 cm | 47 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 21 2/3 in

Untitled, 2009 | LS/GTS 12
plaster, iron
112 x 180 x 93 cm | 44 x 70 3/4 x 36 2/3 in

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Schwester, 2012-2013
Ceramic, iron, MDF
150 x 80 x 94 cm | 59 x 31 1/2 x 37 in

Säule, 2011
Plaster, iron, wood
45 x 90 x 205 cm

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Untitled, 2016 | LS/GTS 68
ceramic
48 x 55 x 27 cm | 19 x 21 2/3 x 10 2/3 in

Stück, 2016
ceramic
33 x 27 x 19 cm | 13 x 10 2/3 x 7 1/2 in

Tunnel, 2016
ceramic
20 x 29 x 38 cm | 7 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 15 in

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Untitled, 2014 | LS/GTS 32
Ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in

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Untitled, 2014 | LS/GTS 33
ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in

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Untitled, 2014 | LS/GTS 41
Ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in

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Untitled, 2014 | LS/GTS 35
ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in

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Untitled, 2014 | LS/GTS 54
ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in

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Untitled, 2014 | LS/GTS 61
ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in

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Biography and Concept

Leunora Salihu, born in 1977 in Prishtina, Kosovo, where she later studied at the Academy for Fine Arts. Early on, Salihu took up a very individual track and continues to pursue, often combining different materials in her sculptures including ceramic, wood, and metal. Her sculptures, along with the spatial bodies and installations, explore the possibilities and limits of movements by using the repetition of organic and constructive form-elements. She has established a considerable and multi-layered vocabulary of industrial, architectural, and organic forms, which grant her works a sense of functionality, blurring the lines between where the sculpture ends and where the pedestal begins; between interior and exterior.

In 1999 she fled to Germany, where she moved her studies to the Muthesius Kunsthochschule in Kiel and then further to the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, where she worked with Tony Cragg, and from which she graduated in 2009. She has received several awards and grants, including the Lothar-Fischer-Preis (2017), a fellowship of Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn (2017), the Bronner Residency, Tel Aviv (2014), a working scholarship at the European Ceramics Work Centre in the Netherlands (2010) as well as the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck scholarship (2011). Her work was included in a number of group exhibitions, including The National Gallery of Kosovo (2017), Philara Stiftung (2015), Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2015), Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven (2015), Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf (2014/15), and Kunstraum Düsseldorf (2012). The first noteworthy solo exhibitions Salihu had in 2011/12 at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg and very recently at the K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (2017). Leunora Salihu lives and works in Düsseldorf.

 

Exhibitions

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
Philara Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany

2019
KiZ-Kultur im Zentrum, Justus-Liebig-Universität, Giessen, Germany

2018
Museum Lothar Fischer, Neumarkt i.d.OPf., Germany
Urknall, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2017
In search of the present, The National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo
Gravity on a Journey, Künstlerräume, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

2016
Eternity suddenly happens, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2015
Philara Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany

2014
Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2013
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany

2012
Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Germany (with Anna Vogel) (cat.)
66. Internationaler Bergischer Kunstpreis, National-Bank AG Wuppertal, Germany (with Jochen Mühlenbrink)

2011/12
Junction, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany (cat.)

2010
Tube End, sculpture in opened space / junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz, Essen, Germany (cat.)
Regenhaut, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf, Germany
dipol, Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen, Germany (with Flora Hitzing)

 

selected GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Blickachsen 12, Bad Homburg, Germany

2018
die Geschichte der Kunstgießerei Schmäke, Stadtmuseum, Dusseldorf, Germany
DRAWING NOW, National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina, Kosovo
Kiel off. Projekträume im Überblick, Stadtgalerie am Kiel, Germany
VLUGSCHRIFT / FLUGBLÄTTER, Pictura Dordrecht, Netherlands

2017
Leunora Salihu & Leon Manoloudakis, Frontviews, Berlin, Germany
Flugblätter, Künstler Gut Loitz e.V., Loitz, Germany

2016
Kumsitz. The Bronner Residency Grant Holders, Part II, Düsseldorf KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf, Germany

2015
Do you want something sweet?, City Gallery Piran, Slowenia
Temporary Relocation: The Bronner Residency, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel
Lekker Belangrijk! as long as there’s a buzz, TAC Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven, Netherlands (cat.)

2014/15
Skulpturen und Objekte von Künstlerinnen aus der Sammlung Moderne, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf

2014
Teach Us To Outgrow Our Madness, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

2013
Die Bildhauer. Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 1945 bis heute, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K20, Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)
RAUM + OBJEKT, Teil X: RaumInterventionen, Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Die „Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW Düsseldorf“, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)
summer group show, Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany
sculpture NOW, Galerie Ruth Leuchter, Düsseldorf, Germany
group show, Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany

2012
66. Internationale Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen, Germany (cat.)
new talents, junge biennale Köln, Cologne Germany (cat.)
new talents, Landesvertretung NRW, Berlin, Germany

2011
Deserto Rosso, MAP, Düsseldorf, Germany
Kunstverein Oberhausen, Germany
Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, Germany
British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain

2010
die grosse Kunstausstellung NRW, Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)

2009
parcours interdit, Malkastenpark Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)
Trendwände, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Germany

2008
fremdkörper, Orangerie Schloss Benrath, Germany

2007
Gottfried-Brockmann-Preis, Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Germany (cat.) Muthesius Export, Kunstverein Linda, Hamburg, Germany

2006
WalzSchelleWerk, Clubruine, Düsseldorf, Germany
Klasse Kamp 1974-2006, Kunsthalle und Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (cat.)

2005
Muse heute – Inspirationsquellen aktueller Kunst, Kunsthalle und Städtische Galerie Bremen, Germany  (cat.)
Berlin-Kiel – junge Kunst, Kunstverein Schloß Plön, Germany
Stadtzeichen, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
pre-production, Landesvertretung Berlin, Germany

2004
Altar und Tafel, Landeskulturzentrum Salzau, Germany (cat.)

 

PUBLICY SITED WORKS

Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Michael Horbach Stiftung, Cologne
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
NATIONAL-BANK SAMMLUNG
Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf

 

selected BIBLIOGRAPHY

Leunora Salihu,
with texts by Friedrich Meschede and Julia Wallner, cat. Published on the occasion of the exhibition at Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, July 2 – August 27, 2016
Leunora Salihu, with a text by Sabine Maria Schmidt, cat., published on the occasion of the exhibition at Kunstraum Düsseldorf, December 7, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Leunora Salihu. Junction, with a text by Marion Bornscheuer, cat. published on the occasion of the exhibition at Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, December 8, 2011 – March 4, 2012
Leunora Salihu. Tube End, Verein Kunst am Moltkeplatz e.V. (ed.), with a text by Tankred Stachelhaus, published on the occasion of the exhibition Tube End. junge Kunst am Moltkeplatz Essen, October 2010 – September 2011