Annette Messager - Mes dessins secrets - Exhibitionmfc-michèle didier | Paris - Brussels - PARIS

Mes dessins secrets
20 Oct - 19 Nov 2011
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From Thursday October 20 to Saturday November 19, 2011
Opening on October 19, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm

Artist-collector and handywoman, Annette Messager has made nearly sixty "collection albums" between 1972 and 1974. Inspired by words, writings and images, the artist has created her albums from an accumulation of texts, photographs, notes and miscellaneous items, cautiously collected and sorted. Sometimes carefully glued in notebooks, sometimes gathered in bulk folders, Annette Messager?s albums all have a title, handwritten by the artist. 

The albums are organized according to various themes, such as love life, encounters or domestic life and resemble sometimes a diary, a photo album or a recipe book. Les hommes que j?aime, Ma collection de proverbes, Ma vie illustrée or Mon livre de cuisine are a few examples. Annette Messager assembles common, everyday items to create a work that is subtly both poetic and feminist. Although the use of the personal pronoun in the title suggests that the albums are autobiographical, they are works of fiction. They reveal the ironic fantasy life of a young woman embodying the archetype of the 60's housewife. This woman is not Annette Messager.

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