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. Since then, she has received several awards and 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). Currently for June 2018, she is preparing a solo exhibition at the Museum Lothar Fischer in Neumark i.d.OPf. who awarded her with the Lothar-Fischer-Preis 2017. Leunora Salihu lives and works in Düsseldorf.

 

EDUCATION
2006–09 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Master student of Tony Cragg)
2002–06 Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel
1999–2002 German language and art history, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel
1997–99 Academy of Arts, Prishtina (Graphic Arts)

GRANTS and AWARDS
2017 Lothar-Fischer-Preis, Neumarkt i.d.OPf.
2017 Arbeitsstipendium Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn
2015 International scholarship of the State of NRW
2014 Bronner Residency, Tel Aviv jointly with a scholarship of the Kunststiftung NRW
2014 Scholarship of the Metro-Stiftung Skulpturenpark, Düsseldorf
2012 Förderpreis für bildende Kunst der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
2012 Internationaler Bergischer Kunstpreis
2010 Working scholarship at the European Ceramics Work Centre, Netherlands
2010 Project funding of the Kunststiftung NRW
2009–11 Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Stipendium
2009 Working scholarship of Kunststiftung NRW

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

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

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

  • Urknall, 2017
    multiplex board, ceramic, glaze

  • Welle, 2017
    ceramic, enamel, MDF

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

  • Turm, 2016
    ceramic

  • Treppe, 2015
    wood

  • Untitled , 2009
    Wood, plastic, tar paper

  • Haus, 2009
    Plaster, iron

  • Blasebalg, 2015
    wood, plastic

  • Propeller, 2016
    ceramic, MDF

  • Loch 2, 2014
    Wood

  • Untitled, 2009
    plaster, iron

  • Schwester, 2012-2013
    Ceramic, iron, MDF

  • Säule, 2011
    Plaster, iron, wood

  • Untitled, 2016
    ceramic

  • Untitled, 2016
    Ceramic

  • Tunnel, 2016
    ceramic

  • Untitled, 2014
    Ink on paper

  • Untitled, 2014
    ink on paper

  • Untitled, 2014
    Ink on paper

  • Untitled, 2014
    ink on paper

  • Untitled, 2014
    ink on paper

  • Untitled, 2014
    ink on paper

CAPTION

Bogen, 2016
ceramic
204 x 54 x 30 cm | 80 1/3 x 21 1/4 x 11 3/4 in
LS/GTS 64

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
LS/GTS 77

Urknall, 2017
multiplex board, ceramic, glaze
220 x 220 x 480 cm | 86 2/3 x 86 2/3 x 189 in
LS/GTS 80

Welle, 2017
ceramic, enamel, MDF
205 x 45 x 45 cm | 80 2/3 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in
LS/GTS 79

Wurf, 2014
3 parts work, part 1 wood and polyester resin, part 2 wood, part 3 wood
Part 1: 175 x 215 x 235 cm (Sculpture) Part 2: 110 x 300 x 87 cm (Wall part big) Part 3: 57 x 127 x 42 cm (Wall part small)
LS/GTS 1

Turm, 2016
ceramic
186 x 74 x 38 cm | 73 1/4 x 29 1/4 x 15 in
LS/GTS 65

Treppe, 2015
wood
250 x 200 x 200 cm | 98 1/2 x 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in
LS/GTS 70

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

Haus, 2009
Plaster, iron
173 x 143 x 90 cm | 68 x 56 1/3 x 35 1/2 in
LS/GTS 8

Blasebalg, 2015
wood, plastic
305 x 20 x 104 cm | 120 x 7 3/4 x 41 in
LS/GTS 71

Propeller, 2016
ceramic, MDF
136 x 75 x 75 cm | 53 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 29 1/2 in
LS/GTS 66

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

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

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

Säule, 2011
Plaster, iron, wood
45 x 90 x 205 cm
LS/GTS 9

Untitled, 2016
ceramic
48 x 55 x 27 cm | 19 x 21 2/3 x 10 2/3 in
Edition 1/3 original variations
LS/GTS 68

Stück, 2016
ceramic
33 x 27 x 19 cm | 13 x 10 2/3 x 7 1/2 in
Edition 3/3 original variations
LS/GTS 76

Tunnel, 2016
ceramic
20 x 29 x 38 cm | 7 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 15 in
Edition 1/3 original variations
LS/GTS 74

Untitled, 2014
Ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in
framed: 36 x 48 x 3 cm | 14 1/4 x 19 x 1 1/4 in
LS/GTS 32

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

Untitled, 2014
Ink on paper
29.7 x 42 cm | 11 2/3 x 16 1/2 in
framed: 36 x 48 x 3 cm | 14 1/4 x 19 x 1 1/4 in
LS/GTS 41

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

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

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

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. Since then, she has received several awards and 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). Currently for June 2018, she is preparing a solo exhibition at the Museum Lothar Fischer in Neumark i.d.OPf. who awarded her with the Lothar-Fischer-Preis 2017. Leunora Salihu lives and works in Düsseldorf.

 

EDUCATION
2006–09 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Master student of Tony Cragg)
2002–06 Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel
1999–2002 German language and art history, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel
1997–99 Academy of Arts, Prishtina (Graphic Arts)

GRANTS and AWARDS
2017 Lothar-Fischer-Preis, Neumarkt i.d.OPf.
2017 Arbeitsstipendium Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn
2015 International scholarship of the State of NRW
2014 Bronner Residency, Tel Aviv jointly with a scholarship of the Kunststiftung NRW
2014 Scholarship of the Metro-Stiftung Skulpturenpark, Düsseldorf
2012 Förderpreis für bildende Kunst der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
2012 Internationaler Bergischer Kunstpreis
2010 Working scholarship at the European Ceramics Work Centre, Netherlands
2010 Project funding of the Kunststiftung NRW
2009–11 Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Stipendium
2009 Working scholarship of Kunststiftung NRW

Exhibitions

selected  SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

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