25 Sep 2013 – 19 Jan 2014
A major retrospective featuring more than 300 paintings, prints and sculptures that reveal her dialogues with a range of artists, philosophers and critics.
One of Latin America's most prolific post-war artists, Mira Schendel helped reinvent European Modernism in Brazil.
Schendel was born in Zurich in 1919 and although raised as a Catholic, she was persecuted for her Jewish heritage following the outbreak of the Second World War.
After a period living and studying in Milan and Rome she was forced to leave university when anti-Semitic laws were introduced in Italy.
Fleeing to Yugosalvia and then Brazil in 1949, she became part of an impressive intellectual circle that included poets, psychoanalysts, physicists and critics – many of them émigrés like herself.
As a result of these experiences, physical, cultural and linguistic displacement are key themes in her work, as are issues of religion and philosophy.
The first ever international survey of her career, the exhibition was conceived in partnership with the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, where it will be shown in 2014.
Highlights include Graphic Objects, a collection that explores language and poetry and was first shown at the 1968 Venice Biennale, her monotype drawings on rice paper – of which she made over 2,000 – and her final complete series of work, Sarrafos.