Just egg me on!
Swiss-born Mira Schendel moved to Brazil in 1949, where she started an unparalleled career as a poet and plastic artist. Her innovative techniques included monotype printing on rice paper, brick powder sculptures and egg tempera paintings (fast-drying ink with egg white binder).
She helped to recreate the language of European Modernism in Brazil alongside widely-known artists such as Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. The exhibition is part of the Tate’s recent attempt to display and to divulge modern art made outside Europe.
A new London exhibition will start later this month. It will bring together over 300 paintings, drawings and sculptures from across her entire career, many of which have never been exhibited before. Highlights include her Droguinhas (Little Nothings) 1965-6, soft sculptures of knotted rice paper in the form of malleable nets, originally exhibited in London (Signals Gallery, 1966); and the Graphic Objects 1967-8, a group of works that explore language and poetry and were first shown at the 1968 Venice Biennale.
Other important works in the show are Schendel’s early abstract paintings, among them Tate’s Untitled 1963; her later monotype drawings on rice paper, of which she made over 2000; and the installations Still Waves of Probability 1969 and Variants 1977. Schendel’s final complete series of works, abstract paintings entitled Sarrafos 1987, are also included. The Sarrafos are white monochromes with a black batten extending from their surface, addressing the body, space and environment of the spectator.
Schendel lived and worked in São Paulo from 1953 until her death in 1988.
Tate Modern: Exhibition
25 September 2013 – 19 January 2014
Adult £11.00 (without donation £10.00)