Anna Bella Geiger

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Anna Bella Geiger
Anna Bella Geiger (UNTREF - Bienal Sur 2016).jpg
Born1933 (age 85–86)
EducationInstituto Fayga Ostrower, Rio de Janeiro.
Alma materFederal University of Rio de Janeiro
Known forengraving, assemblage art, painting, drawing, photography.

Anna Bella Geiger, (born 1933, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian multi-disciplinary artist of Jewish-Polish ancestry,[1] and professor at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage. She lives in Rio de Janeiro, and her work, characterized by the use of different media, is held by galleries and private collections in the USA, China, Brazil and Europe.


Her parents were raised in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland. They moved to Brazil ten years before her birth. Her father was a craftman[2].

Geiger first graduated in literature and language from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and later in the 1950s, studied art at Rio's Instituto Fayga Ostrower. She moved to New York in 1954 where she took classes in Art History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, returning to Rio the following year. In 1965 she attended an engraving workshop at the Museo de Arte Moderno, where she began teaching three years later. She returned to New York in 1969 to teach at Columbia University, returning again to Rio in 1970.[3]

In the 1970s Geiger, an abstract artist, began to include representational elements into her work, and use photographic engraving, photomontage, assemblage, sculpture, and video. In the 1980s she concentrated on painting, and in the early 1990s on cartographic imagery cast in metal, and iron archive box constructions incorporating plaited metals and hot-wax painting (encaustic).[1][4] Besides painting and engraving, her current work combines Installation art with video. In Rio in 2006, Geiger constructed an installation, Circe, that included a scale model of Ancient Egyptian ruins and performance video; the installation was recreated in 2009.[5]

In 1983 Geiger became a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.[6]

Publications and collections[edit]

Geiger's works are held in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York;[7] the Victoria and Albert Museum, London;[8] Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Fogg Museum, Cambridge; The Getty Foundation, Los Angeles; Museu Serralves, Porto; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt;[9] the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.[4] Exhibitions of her work have been held in London, Tokyo, Warsaw, Ottawa, Portugal and Puerto Rico.

Geiger's 1978 "A Pao Nosso de Cada Dia", (Our Daily Bread,) original photographic postcard of which there are five exemplars, are held at the Blanton Museum of Art Austin, Texas[10] Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts,[11] and the Harvard Fogg Museum.[12][13] Her prints are also held in the Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Niteroi.[14]

In 1987 Geiger, with art critic professor Fernando Cocchiarale,[15] published "Abstracionismo Geometrico e Informal: a vanguard brasileira nos anos cinquenta" (Informal and Geometric Abstraction: the Brazilian avant-garde in the fifties).

In 2005, Geiger's work was included in the electronic journal Confraria do Vento, edited by Márcio-André, Victor Paes, and Ronaldo Ferrito, in collaboration with the graduate department of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.


  1. ^ a b New York Times art review: "International Perspectives On Being Polish"; Benjamin Gennocchio, 3 December 2006, retrieved 10 March 2011
  2. ^ Surał, Agnieszka (29 August 2017). "Anna Bella Geiger: Sami strzeliliśmy sobie w stopę [wywiad]". Retrieved 17 February 2019.
  3. ^ Anna Bella Geiger biography, retrieved 10 March 2011
  4. ^ a b Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium: Anna Bella Geiger lecturer resume Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 10 March 2011
  5. ^ Zucca Productions: Circe, retrieved 10 March 2011
  6. ^ John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Archived 28 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 10 March 2011
  7. ^ Museum of Modern Art: Anna Bella Geiger, retrieved 10 March 2011
  8. ^ Victoria and Albert Museum: Anna Bella Geiger Archived 13 July 2012 at, retrieved 10 March 2011
  9. ^ Frankfurter Kunstverein archive Archived 26 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 10 March 2011
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  11. ^ Tepper Takayama Fine Arts, retrieved 10 March 2011
  12. ^ Harvard Fogg Museum: A Pao Nosso de Cada Dia Archived 23 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 10 March 2011
  13. ^ "Susie Seefelt: A History of Latin American Arts at Harvard". Archived from the original on 6 July 2010. Retrieved 2013-09-26., retrieved 10 March 2011
  14. ^ New York Times travel review: "New Museum of Contemporary Art Near Rio"; Mery Galanternick, 8 December 199, retrieved 10 March 2011
  15. ^ Fernando Cocchiarale biography, retrieved 10 March 2011

Further reading[edit]

  • Shtromberg, Elena. (2016); Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (University of Texas Press)
  • Sansi-Roca, Roger (2007); Fetishes and monuments: Afro-Brazilian art and culture in the 20th century; Berghahn Books, New York ISBN 978-1-84545-363-3
  • Ministerio da Cultura (2008); Anna Bella Geiger. BrasilArte Contemporânea. Arco Madri 3 Oct 2009.
  • Navas, Adolfo M. (2007); Anna Bella Geiger: Territorios Passagens Situacoes; Casa Da Palavra ISBN 85-7734-040-6
  • Butler, Cornelia; Mark, Lisa Gabrielle (2007) Wack!: Art and the Feminist Revolution MIT Press ISBN 978-0-914357-99-5
  • Amaral, Aracy A.; Toral, Andre (2005); Arte e sociedade no Brasil; São Paulo: Callis ISBN 85-98750-02-6
  • Sullivan, Edward; Ramirez, MariCarmen (2004); "Inverted Utopias: Avant-Garde Art in Latin America". Yale University Press ISBN 978-0-300-10269-7.
  • Heller; Jules; Heller, Nancy G. (1997) North American Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities) Routledge ISBN 0-8153-2584-3
  • Puerto, Cecilia (1996); Latin American Women Artists, Kahlo and Look Who Else: A Selective, Annotated Bibliography (Art Reference Collection) Greenwood Press ISBN 0-313-28934-4
  • Brazil Ministério das Relações Exteriores (1980); Biennale Di Venezia '80: Antonio Dias, Anna Bella Geiger, Paulo Roberto Leal, Carlos Vergara Ministério das Rela¸ões Exteriores, Brasil

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