Annette Messager

Born in 1943 - France


Annette Messager is a French painter, photographer and sculptor. She studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (1962–1966). Her first one-woman exhibition was at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in Munich (1973). During the 1970s her work drew upon everyday life, taking such subjects as toys and needlework. She usually used a range of closely related found-objects (e.g. Pensioners, 1972; Paris, Pompidou), as well as creating performance pieces.

In her work she questions accepted perceptions of women. Messager stood out because of the refined cruelty with which she dealt with memories (including those drawn from childhood), obsessions and even minor incursions into the domain of the occult. In conjunction with her exhibitions she produced several artist’s books.

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Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France

Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, New York
Annette Messager: Black Continents, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg

Annette Messager, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
Annette Messager, Multimedia Complex of Actual Arts, Moscow, Russia
Annette Messager, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

"The Messengers", Haywood Gallery, London, England

Annette Messager, EMMA Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Annette Messager, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


"Women Take Over", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
"Ressources poetiques", Les Abattoirs de Toulouse, Toulouse, France

"Sous-Vent" (collection), K21, Düsseldorf, Germany
"Of Toys and Men", Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
"Les Maitres du Désordre", Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
"La danse du Scalp for Cheveux chéris : Frivolités et Trophées", Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

"El intervalo luminoso: The D.Daskalopoulos Collection", Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao, Spain
"You Have Been There", Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France
"Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph", 1964–1977, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Tour de France/Florida: Contemporary Artists from France in Florida's Private Collections", Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL, USA

"elles@centrepompidou, artistes femmes dans les collections du Centre Pompidou", Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
"Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance", Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
"Sexuality and Transcendence", Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
"Desire and Vice: The Seven Deadly Sins from Dürer to Nauman", Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland

"Silences: A view by Marin Karmitz", Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France; Museu Colecçao Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal
"elles@centrepompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou", Paris, France

"The Puppet Show", ICA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Santa Monica
Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Washington

"WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution", The Geffen Contemporary at
MOCA, Los Angeles; Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; PS 1, Long Island City, New York

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