MIRA SCHENDEL Swiss, 1919-1988
Mira Schendel (b. 1919 Zürich, Switzerland – d. 1988 São Paulo, Brazil) lived in Milan and Rome before moving to Brazil in 1949. She settled in São Paolo in 1953, where she married Knut Schendel, and where she lived and worked until her death in 1988.
Schendel is considered one of the most important and influential Latin American artists of the twentieth century. While having contributed to the Concretist and Neoconcretist movements that stormed the Brazilian avant-garde, she was never associated with a single movement but her work contained elements of Lettrism, Color Field painting and early conceptual art. Schendel’s early experience of cultural, geographic and linguistic displacement is evident in her work, as is her interest in religion and philosophy.
London's Tate Modern staged the first international full retrospective of her work in 2013.
MIRA SCHENDELUntitled (Two red forms), Early 1960sOil stick on paper19 x 14 cm
7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
MIRA SCHENDELUntitled, c.1962/3Mixed media on hessian30 x 30 cm
11 3/4 x 9 7/8 inches
MIRA SCHENDELUntitled (Mandala serie), c. 1970'sInk and watercolour on rice paper55 x 25 cm
21 5/8 x 9 7/8 inches
MIRA SCHENDELUntitled, 1964Graphite on rice paper47 x 23 cm
18 1/2 x 9 inches
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