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Tête à Tête



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A comprehensive collection of drawings by Annette Messager, including 150 works made over the last ten years.

Tête à Tête is the first publication dedicated to Annette Messager’s drawings, featuring previously unseen drawings from 2020 and 2021, which constitute an invaluable lexicon to the mind and work of a trailblazing iconoclast.

Messager redefined the role of women making art and the very nature of sculpture – accomplishments which won her the coveted Golden Lion for best national pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 and the Praemium Imperiale for sculpture in 2016.

Messager’s subjects range from animal to human, feminist activists to devotional figures, skeletons to ghosts. She broaches the grand themes of love, life, death and the fairy tales, mythologies, superstitions and vanities that lie beneath. The book features 150 full-colour reproductions and a conversation with Annette Messager and Hans Ulrich Obrist from June 2021, published to coincide with an exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, opening 1 March 2022.

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March 2022




260mm x 200mm





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Annette Messager (b. 1943) is internationally recognised as one of the most influential and important artists working today. She was born in Northern France in 1943 and attended the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Messager has been the subject of countless museum exhibitions around the world, including recent shows at the Institut Giacometti in Paris (2018), the Institut Valencia Art Modern (IVAM) in Spain (2018), the Villa Medici in Rome (2017) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2014).

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968) is a world-renowned curator and the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Alongside his curatorial practice, Obrist has written extensively on and around contemporary art, with a particular interest in the interview format.


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