Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
December 13, 2012 – February 2, 2013
1, place Hans Jean Arp, Strasbourg
+33 3 88 23 31 31

This exhibition is the first devoted to the work of Annette Messager in a French museum since the important retrospective held in 2007 at the Centre Pompidou. Under the title Black Continents, the exhibition brings together works executed between 2010 and 2012, most of which are here being shown in public for the first time.

Annette Messager, a major artist of the international contemporary scene born in 1943, represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2005, where she was awarded the Golden Lion. Since the beginning of the 1970s, Annette Messager has been producing original creations. Resembling collections of objects, homespun handiwork or children's games, they mix together different features such as photographs, drawings, embroidery, manufactured objects or stuffed animals. Her world, imbued with humour and showing a fascination for Art
Brut, celebrates woman in the most commonplace aspects of her everyday life while, at the same time, like an ethnologist, she uses its remains to hunt out the big world.

In her most recent works, Annette Messager has confronted us with a world of cataclysmic blackness, a world petrified or carbonized, an urban environment left over from the Big Crunch, its miniaturised detritus agglutinated in sorts of islets, floating airborne or all but
stifling what life is left on planet earth. Indirectly inspired here by the world of Swift's Gulliver's Travels, Annette Messager explores an expressive register reminiscent of science fiction or fantasy, portraying the ills of the contemporary world in a kind of philosophical tale or political fable.

The exhibition layout, developed in close collaborationwith the artist, includes upwards of twenty works, three of them in large-scale format. Others are smaller, like the fishnet writing, sculptural objects and drawings.