Annette Mesagger 2019 Press Release

ANNETTE MESSAGER

April 24 – July 6, 2019 | Brussels

The Bernier/Eliades Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition

“mes transports” by Annette Messager on view on Wednesday

24th of April from 18:00 to 21:00 hrs.

“mes transports” is composed of multiple sculptures combining

body parts, geometrical forms, animals and various objects which

are wrapped in black mat foil. These elements are displayed on

wooden trolleys cushioned by folded removal blankets. These

transports are in essence as real as they are metaphorical:

showing the transportation of goods, of love, of blood and joy.

“Blankets are used to protect them and to soften their journey

whilst being transported. Some of them are playful, other sinister

but together they create a dark humor. Even as separate entities,

isolated on their own transports, there could be a dialogue

between the artworks. Human body parts, animals, and grotesque

characters regress to their own childhood.” Explains Annette

Messager.

Scattered and motionless on the gallery floor, these floating

islands are in a latent state of mobility giving rise to various

scenarios: “They are all waiting. Have they just arrived? Are they

about to leave? (…) Will they be dispersed? » such are the

questions expressed by the artist whilst refusing to answer them,

for the following reason: “I’m working like a sleep walker;

sometimes I feel like a receiver, I’m receiving things, messages (I

am a messenger…) and things happen”. There is a certain

metaphor linked to the transport of artwork: will they be dispersed

and separated from each other?

We can retrace the idea of islands and ambiguous mobility

through ‘Continents noirs. These islands seem to be waiting for

something to arrive or happen, but instead of drifting, they are

well anchored to their trolley on the ground.

The color black makes the sculptures look identical, without age,

it deprives them of any personal qualities: “This is us, humans,

animals, all races, all types; young or old, beautiful or ugly, we

cannot escape the wheel of time”.

On the walls we can see some newer works of smaller size.

Drawings that denounces sexism, racism and homophobia from a

large part of our contemporary society. For the artist, the female

body represents individual and collective freedom, it is filled with

its desires and pleasures and with their own sexuality.

Annette Messager is a leading figure in the French and

international art scene. She represented France at the 51st Venice

Biennale, for which she received the Golden Lion and in 2016,

she won the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts

Award. Her work has been exhibited worldwide in the most

prestigious museums:

Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Art Institute of Chicago;

Museum of Modern Art de New York (1995), Museo Reina Sofia,

Madrid, Spain (1999), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris,

France (2004), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2007), Mori Art

Museum, Tokyo, Japan (2008); EMMA museum of modern Art,

Espoo, Finland (2008); National Museum of Contemporary Art,

Séoul, South-Korea 2008).

Groupshows:

Museo Colecçao Berardo, Lisbonne, Portugal (2009), Museo de

Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (2010); Multimedia

Complex of Actual Arts, Moscow, Russia (2010); Solomon R.

Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2010); Pinchuk Art

Center, Kiev, Ukraine (2010); Kunstmuseum Bern, Berne,

Switzerland (2010); Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y

Contemporaneo, Bilbao, Spain (2011); Frost Art Museum, Miami,

USA (2011); Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art,

Strasbourg, France (2012); K21, Dusseldorf, Germany (2012);

Helsinki Art Museum, Finland (2012); Musée du Quai Branly,

Paris, France (2012); Seattle Art Museum, USA (2013); Les

Abattoirs de Toulouse, France (2013); Musée de l’Hospice de

Saint-Roch, Issoudun, France (2014); Musée d’art Contemporain

de Bordeaux, France (2014) ; L’espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-

Sartoux, France (2015); Musée Jean-Lurçat et de la tapisserie

contemporaine, Angers, France (2015); 6th Echigo-Tsumari Art

Triennial, Niigata, Japan (2015); Institut Valencià d’Art Modern,

Valencià, Spain (2018).