Annette Mesagger 2019 Press Release
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
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
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).
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).