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Annette Messager (born 30 November 1943 in "Berck, "France) is a "French "visual artist. In 2005 she won the Golden Lion Award at the "Venice Biennale for her artwork at the French Pavilion. In 2016, she won the prestigious Praemium Imperiale International Arts Award.[1] She currently lives and works in Malakoff, "France.[2]


Early life and education[edit]

Annette Messager was born on 30 November 1943 in "Berck, "France.[3] Between 1962 and 1966, Messager attended the "École des Arts Décoratifs in "Paris, "France.[2]


Messager is known mainly for her installation work which often incorporates photographs, prints and drawings, and various materials.[4] Messager has exhibited and published her work extensively.

In 2005, her work was featured in the French Pavilion of the "Venice Biennale, where she won the Golden Lion for her Pinocchio-inspired installation that transformed the French pavilion into a casino.[5] One of her most famous pieces is her exhibition The Messengers, which showcases an installation of rooms that include a series of photographs and toy-like, hand knit animals in costumes.[6] For example, some of the animals' heads were replaced by heads of other stuffed animals to reflect the ways in which humans disguise themselves or transform their identities with costume.[7]

She is the partner of artist "Christian Boltanski.[6]

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In 2006, a book under the title Word for Word: Texts, Writings and Interviews (1971–2005) was published. It explores the writing in Annette Messager's artworks, and gathers numerous related texts published in magazines or catalogues, as well as unpublished notes on Messager's work and her personal reflections on art and life. All her interviews from 1974 to the present are also included.

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  1. ^ "Annette Message", Marian Goodman Gallery, Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Annette Messager", Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Annette Messager", Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  4. ^ Uta Grosenick, Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century, "Taschen, 2001, p354. "ISBN "3-8228-5854-4
  5. ^ Wright, Karen. "In the studio: Annette Messager", The Independent, Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  6. ^ a b Riding, Alan. "Annette Messager: A bold messenger for feminist art", The New York Times, Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  7. ^ Magdalene Perez (March 3, 2006). "Caught On Video: Annette Messager Star of New Artist Bio-Pic?". "Louise Blouin Media. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Penetration", Museum of Modern Art, Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Annette Messager: The Messenger", Centre Pompidiou, Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Annette Messager: The Messengers", Southbank Centre, Retrieved 24 December 2014.

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