Annette Messager  (French, 1943) 

Annette Messager (French, b.1943) is known primarily for her installation work, which often incorporates photographs, prints, drawings, and various materials from everyday life. Born in Berck-sur-Mer, she moved to Paris to study at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs before being asked to leave in 1966 because her professors felt she was not engaged in her studies. Her earlier work from the 1970s questioned gender norms and appropriated different personas in oft-controversial works, including close-up photographs of men’s crotches in trousers in The Approaches and a series of misogynistic French proverbs embroidered on cloth in My Collection of Proverbs. In recent years, Messager has explored the whimsical and grotesque fantasies of childhood, frequently incorporating dismembered stuffed animals and limbs into her installations. Her best-known work is her award-winning submission for the Venice Biennale in 2005, Casino, in which a wind machine creates waves and ripples in a large red silk sheet amongst strange creatures and forms. Messager began her successful career with first prize in the Kodak Photography International competition in 1964. Her first major American retrospective was co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1995. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Buenos Aires in 1999, at the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2004, and a retrospective at the Centre Pompidou. She has exhibited at the Biennale de Paris in 1997; the Documenta VI in 1977 and XI in 2002; the Biennale of Sydney in 1979, 1984, and 1990; the Venice Biennale in 1980, 2003, and 2005; and the Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon in 2000. Messager currently lives and works in Malakoff, France.

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Annette Messager, La Spirale Amoureuse


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La Spirale Amoureuse

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Annette Messager, Gants Grimaces


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Gants Grimaces

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Annette Messager, Jalousie/Love


Annette Messager

Bernier/Eliades Gallery
Annette Messager, Feuilleton 2eme Episode: L'hesitation


Annette Messager
Feuilleton 2eme Episode: L'hesitation
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Annette Messager, PROTECTION


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Annette Messager, My Trophies (Mes Trophées)


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My Trophies (Mes Trophées)

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Annette Messager, Mes voeux


Annette Messager
Mes voeux, 1989-1990
gelatin silver print, glass, tape and pencil on paper and string


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Annette Messager, Quintuple autoportraits (set of 5)


Annette Messager
Quintuple autoportraits (set of 5), 1973
gelatin silver prints


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Annette Messager, Mes voeux sous filets


Annette Messager
Mes voeux sous filets, 2000
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1962 - 1966   Studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris
2006   Transmediale.06 - Smile Machines, AdK - AKADEMIE DER KÜNSTE, Berlin
2005   BIG BANG, Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
2005   51st International Exhibition: Always a Little Further, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2005   Fragile, Analix Forever, Geneva
2005   At the Mercy of Others: The Politics of Care, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2004   L'escalade du désir, Galerie Friedrich, Basel
2004   Annette Messager - Sous Vent, Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
2004   Annette Messager - Between You and Me, Museet for samtidskunst, Oslo
2003   Feldforschung, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2003   Dreams and Conflicts:The Dictatorship of the Viewer, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
2003   Phantom der Lust. Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst, Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
2002   Ars Photographica - Fotografie und Künstlerbücher, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen
2002   Peinture et photographie, Gabrielle Salomon – Art Conseil, Paris
2002   Documenta 11, Documenta, Kassel
2002   La part de lautre, Carré d´art - Musée d´art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes
2001   The Foksal Gallerys Deposit, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
2000   Tongue in cheek, Deste Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens
2000   7. Bienal de La Habana, La Bienal de La Habana, Havana
2000   Raconter des histoires, Gabrielle Salomon – Art Conseil, Paris
2000   Partage d'exotismes / Sharing exoticisms - 5e Biennale de Lyon, La biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
2000   Voilà - Le monde dans la tête, Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris - MAM/ARC, Paris
2000   Der anagrammatische Körper, ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
1999   Zeitwenden - Rückblick und Ausblick, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
1999   Private eye - Crimes & Cases, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
1999   Annette Messager. DépendanceIndépendance, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
1998   Private ficcions, Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona
1997   DependanceIndependance, Gagosian Gallery New York, NY
1996   DependanceIndependance, capcMusee Bordeaux, France