MIRA SCHENDEL

Objeto Gráfico

Activation - FEMSA Collection

From October the 1st to October 31st, 2018 a piece from FEMSA Collection will establish a dialogue with Casa Luis Barragán and its legacy, poetically revealing the relevance of the spaces created by the architect.

For this third activation of FEMSA Collection, Brazilian artist Mira Schendel’s Objeto gráfico (1972) will be installed in the Music and Guest Room. This piece is part of Schendel’s most significant body of work, developed during the 60s and 70s, during which the artists explored the possibilities of drawing, moved by the experimentation with language in its written dimension as well as with concrete poetry.

Schendel’s interest on drawing as graphic notation is also related with musical score, which in turn creates a resonance with Casa Barragán’s Music Room. Likewise, Schendel’s oeuvre incorporates a range of pale hues that establish a dialogue with the room’s colors, creating an illuminated and warm atmosphere.

 

MIRA SCHENDEL

June 7, 1919 – July 24, 1988

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, but raised and educated in Italy, where she became a Philosophy student at Milan University. During her time at university, she was ethnically classified as Jewish by the Fascist Italian Government, which prompted her to move to Austria and then Bosnia as a refugee.

In 1949, she migrated to Brazil and established herself in São Paulo. It was there, in consonance with the cultural effervesce, the vibrant artistic and intellectual scene of the country, where she would become one of the most important and prolific Latin-American artists of the XXth Century. Together with other contemporary artists such as Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica, Schendel reinvented European Modernism’s language in Brazil.

From the mid-60’s, she began producing her more than 2,000 monotypes on Japanese rice paper. During the following decades, Schendel experimented with installations made from nylon thread and tempera paintings on gold leaf. Schendel also created delicate drawings with graphite and watercolors representing letters, words and phrases that give testimony of the way the artist assimilated her surrounding world, many times through an obscure and veiled language.

Mira Schendel died in 1988 in Brazil, the country that welcomed her as a citizen and witnessed her artistic growth. In 2013, Tate Modern organized a retrospective exhibition on her work and career. Her work is currently represented in important museums such as Museum of Modern Art of New York (MoMA), Hammer Museum at Los Angeles and Museum of Fine Arts Houston, among others.