Tangled Alphabets

León Ferrari and Mira Schendel

León Ferrari (Argentine, b. 1920) and Mira Schendel (Brazilian, b. Switzerland, 1919–1988) are considered among the most significant artists working in Latin America during the second half of the twentieth century. Their works address language as a major visual subject matter.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Museum of Modern Art - MoMA in New York, United States.
From Sunday 05 April 2009 to Monday 15 June 2009

Untitled from the series Relecturas de la Biblia (Rereadings of the Bible), 1986 image

Published by MOMA on Tuesday 07 April 2009.
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Themes covered in their work include: the visual body of language, the embodiment of voices as words and gestures, and language as a metaphor of the worldly aspect of human existence through the eloquence of naming and writing. They produced their works in the neighboring countries of Argentina and Brazil throughout the 1960s and 1980s, when the question of language was particularly central to Western culture due to the central role taken by post-structuralism, semiotics, and the philosophy of language. Although their drawings, sculptures, and paintings are contemporary with the birth of Conceptualism, they are distinctively different, and have not yet been exhibited in their entirety in the United States.

The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor