AboutPanel discussion chaired by Tanya Barson, curator of the Mira Schendel exhibition. Artist David Medalla and curator and critic Guy Brett talk about Signals London, the gallery for experimental art with which they were both closely involved, their work with Mira Schendel, and her solo exhibition at the gallery in 1966.
Mira Schendel (19191988) was one of Latin America's most unique and prolific post-war artists. With her contemporaries Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica, Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil. Tate Modern is currently staging the first ever international, full-scale survey of her work.
Signals London was an important gallery of international, experimental art which opened in 1964 and closed, prematurely, in 1966. The gallery specialised in artists whose work was interdisciplinary and it aimed to connect art and poetics with new thinking in science and technology. Mira Schendel's work was first exhibited in London at the gallery in a group exhibition in 1965 and again in a solo exhibition in 1966, however this was the current show when the gallery closed and so was only displayed for two weeks. The edition of SIGNALS news bulletin devoted to Schendel's work that was planned to accompany her show never appeared.