Hayward Gallery
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Annette Messager: The Messengers

Annette Messager: The Messengers, 4 March – 25 May 2009, Hayward Gallery. Annette Messager is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most important contemporary artists. This exhibition presented a panoramic four-decade survey from the intimate and conceptually driven pieces Messager made in the early 1970s to the large-scale sculptural installations of more recent years, in which movement has played an increasingly important role.

From the 1970s onwards, Messager has been using a wide repertoire of materials – including soft toys, stuffed animals, fabrics, photographs and drawings – to question, challenge and overturn the tacit rules of received ideas in art and life. In particular she has explored the roles assigned to women and subverted stereotypical notions of identity whilst drawing on references related to r popular and folk art, the rituals of daily living, mythology and fairytales. 

Annette Messager: The Messengers was organised by the Pompidou Centre, Paris. 

The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring an interview with the artist and a collection of essays by Sophie Duplaix, Joan Simon and Jean-Pierre Criqui.

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Annette Messager: The Messengers, 4 March – 25 May 2009, Hayward Gallery. 

Annette Messager is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most important contemporary artists. This exhibition presented a panoramic four-decade survey from the intimate and conceptually driven pieces Messager made in the early 1970s to the large-scale sculptural installations of more recent years, in which movement has played an increasingly important role.

From the 1970s onwards, Messager has been using a wide repertoire of materials – including soft toys, stuffed animals, fabrics, photographs and drawings – to question, challenge and overturn the tacit rules of received ideas in art and life. In particular she has explored the roles assigned to women and subverted stereotypical notions of identity whilst drawing on references related to r popular and folk art, the rituals of daily living, mythology and fairytales. 

Annette Messager: The Messengers was organised by the Pompidou Centre, Paris. 

The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring an interview with the artist and a collection of essays by Sophie Duplaix, Joan Simon and Jean-Pierre Criqui.

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