Mira Schendel

Zurich - Switzerland, 1919 São Paulo - São Paulo, 1988

Dividing her life between Mialn and Rome, the first works of Mira Schendel are still lifes and oil paintings, in which she progressively reduces the elements to simple figures. In the late 1940s, she turned to material experimentation, giving up figuration. She began to explore watercolor oil paint applied to the canvas surface, seeking the results this clash with materiality can yield.

From the 1960s, she intensifies her research with materials and supports, creating series, named according to the work process adopted: Such as Embroidery (works employing Japanese paper and Ecoline ink) and Monotypes (single prints on rice paper). Rice paper, traditionally used in engraving and from the ancient oriental culture, was a favorite of the artist. In addition to harking back to the material tradition of art, it is a delicate yet highly suitable support, reflecting its relationship with materiality in production.

Her material researches bustles to the tridimensional. Her installations display the ambiguous properties of the materials, in Ondas Paradas de Probabilidade (Still waves of Probability) (1969) exhibited in the 10th International Bienall of São Paulo, Schendel creates a immersive environment with nylon wires, exploring the relation between transparency, solidity and flexibility.

Mira Schendel's work is prolific and comprehensive, characterized by a delicate and silent poetic. Her deep exploration of media and materials serves as inspiration of a significant contingent of Brazilian contemporary artists. She participated in many editions of the São Paulo International Biennial, and had solo exhibitions in museums including the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo (MAM/SP) and Signals Gallery (London, England). In 2014, London's Tate Gallery presented a retrospective of her work.

Símbolos (Série Cálculos), 1974

caneta hidrográfica sobre papel
106 x 66 cm

Sem título, década de 60

óleo sobre tela
100 x 70 cm

Sem título, 1964

óleo sobre tela
30 x 30 cm

Sem título, Década de 60

têmpera sobre madeira
39 x 23,5 cm

Sem título, s.d

nanquim sobre papel
26 x 23 cm

Sem título, da Série Discos, 1971

acrílico e metal
9 Ø x 1,5 cm

Sem título, s.d

óleo sobre tela
75 x 75 cm

Sem título, 1964

técnica mista sobre papel
30,5 x 23 cm

Sem título, 1964

técnica mista sobre papel
30,5 x 23 cm

Sem título, 1963

crayon sobre papel arroz
43,5 x 21,5 cm

Sem título, 1969

monotipia sobre papel
51 x 27 cm

Sem título, s.d

óleo sobre papel
20 x 15 cm
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