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Mira Schendel

Draftsman, painter, sculptor. She moved to Milan, Italy, in the 1930’s, where he studied art and philosophy. Mira abandoned her studies during the Second World War (1939–1945). She was established in Rome in 1946, and in 1949, she obtained permission to move to Brazil. She takes up residence in Porto Alegre, where he works with graphic design, does painting, ceramic sculpture, poems and restoration of baroque images, signing with his married name Mirra Hargesheimer. His participation in the 1st International Biennial of São Paulo, in 1951, allows contact with international experiences and insertion on the national scene. Two years later he moved to São Paulo and adopted the surname Schendel.


In the 1960’s she made drawings on rice paper. In 1966, she created the Droguinhas series, made with twisted and twisted rice paper, which is presented in London, at the Signals Gallery, as indicated by the art critic Guy Brett (1942). That year, she passed through Milan, Venice, Lisbon and Sttutgart. She meets the philosopher and semiologist Max Bense (1910–1990), who contributes to the realization of his exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, and is the author of the text of the catalog. In 1968 he began to produce works using acrylic, such as Objetos Gráficos e Toquinhos. Between 1970 and 1971, she made a set of 150 notebooks, divided into several series.


In the 1980’s, she produced white and black spices, the Sarrafos and started a series of paintings with brick dust. After her death, many exhibitions presented her work inside and outside Brazil and, in 1994, the 22nd International Biennial of São Paulo dedicated a special room to her. In 1997, dealer Paulo Figueiredo donates a large number of works by the artist to the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo – MAM/SP.


Text extracted fromEnciclopédia Itaú Cultural

Image: Mira Schendel and Little Nothing, London 1966, Clay Perry


Born in Zurich, Switzerland.
1919 – 1988

Exhibitions at Galeria Superfície


Mostra do acervo

Mostra do acervo


A Poesia e as Artes Visuais


Novos Meios e Conceitualismo nos Anos 70

Public Collections

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros.

Coleção BBM.

Daros Latinamerica Collection.

Difusión y Fomento Cultural A.C./FEMSA.

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros.

Fundação de Serralves, Porto, Portugal.

Fundação Nemirovsky, São Paulo, Brazil.

Instituto de Arte Contemporânea – IAC, São Paulo, Brazil.

Instituto Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil.

MAC-USP, São Paulo, Brazil.

MAM-SP, São Paulo, Brazil.

Museum of Modern Art – MoMA, New York, USA.

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

Tate Modern, Londres, England.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA.