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Mira Schendel @ Tate Modern

テートモダンで開催中のMira Schendel展(9月25日〜2014年1月19日)は、20世紀のブラジルアート界における最も重要なアーティストの一人で、ヨーロッパのモダニズムをブラジルで再構築した、Mira Schendel(ミラ・シェンデル)の回顧展。1950年代の初期の作品から1987年の最期のシリーズ作品まで、250以上の絵画、ドローイング、彫刻作品が集められている。


シェンデルは多作で多面性を持つアーティストとして知られる。独学で、ジョルジョ・モランディジョルジョ・デ・キリコパウル・クレーなどの作品から静物画、非対称性、建築的構成を学び、彼女の作品には、レトリスムカラーフィールド・ペインティングミニマル・アートコンセプチュアル・アートの要素が見られ、ブラジルのアバンギャルドに衝撃を与えたConcrete art具体芸術)やNeo-concre art(新具体芸術)運動に貢献したが、特定のアートムーブメントには属さなかった。生涯、ブラジルやヨーロッパの詩人や哲学者、神学者たちと交流を続け、宗教や哲学の問題や、物質的・文化的・言語学的置換を作品の重要なテーマとした。また、東洋の宇宙観や中国の水墨画からも影響を受け、水墨画風の作品も制作している。


Mira Schendel exhibition at Tate Modern (Sep 25 – Jan 19, 2014) is a major retrospective of one of the most significant and influential Brazilian artists of the 20th century, Mira Schendel, who reinvented European Modernism in Brazil. The show features more than 250 paintings, drawings and sculptures, from her early paintings during the 1950s to her last series in 1987.

Schendel was born in Zurich in 1919 to parents of Jewish heritage, but grew up in Italy as a Catholic, and this experience contributed to her profoundly spiritual and philosophical approach to her art making. In 1938, she was stripped of her Italian nationality and forced to leave university when anti-Semitic laws were introduced in Italy. After fleeing to Yugosalvia and then Brazil in 1949, she began her career as an artist. She joined an intellectual circle and there explored ideas concerning aesthetics and philosophy. She also worked as a graphic designer, producing book covers, posters and illustrations to make a living at her early career.

Schendel was a prolific and complex artist. Largely self taught, she drew inspiration for her still-lifes, interiors and asymmetrical, architectonic compositions from artists such as Giorgio Morandi, Giorgio de Chirico and Paul Klee. Her works contain elements of Lettrism, Color Field paintingMinimalism and early Conceptual art, but she was never associated with a single movement while having contributed to the Concrete art and Neo-concre art movements that stormed the Brazilian avant-garde. In life, Schendel was an keen reader and continued correspondence with poets, philosophers and theologians throughout Brazil and Europe, and as a result, physical, cultural and linguistic displacement are key themes in her work, together with issues of religion and philosophy. She was also influenced by Far Eastern cosmovision and created works inspired by Chinese painting.

Schendel’s work, characterized by such as combining word and image, using spiral motifs which signify an image and an investigation of space and time, or applying on semi-transparent rice papers, and is rather quiet and delicate yet profound. It is surprising that she is little known outside Brazil!

言葉や詩を探求したシリーズ作品・Graphic Objects。1968年のヴェネツィア・ビエンナーレにお目見えした。

Graphic Objects, a collection that explores language and poetry, first shown at the 1968 Venice Biennale

Still Waves of Probability, 1969


Schendel’s graphic design work in 60s is still amazingly fashionable and modern in present time