Annette Messager is a French artist who was born in 1943. Messager is known mainly for her installation work which often incorporates photographs, prints and drawings, and various materials. Messager has exhibited and published her work extensively. She is the partner of artist Christian Boltanski.
Messager attended the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, France but was eventually asked to leave because she spent her time at museums and movie theaters instead of going to class.
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. One of her most famous pieces is her exhibition The Messengers (Mori Art Museum in Tokyo), which showcases a series of toy-like, hand knit animals in costumes. 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.  She had a solo exhibition at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 2007.
Her work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.
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in Annette Messager's artworks, and gathers numerous related texts published in magazines or catalogues, as well as unpublished notes on Messager work and her personal reflections on art and life. All her interviews from 1974 to the present are also included.
Solo exhibitions 
- Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City 2011.
- Zachęta National Gallery, Warsaw 2010.
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MARCO), Monterrey 2010.
- The Hayward Gallery, London 2009.
- Mori Art Museum, Tokyo 2008.
- Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2007.
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1995.
- The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1995.
- FRAC Picardie, 1993.
- Arnolfini, Bristol, 1992.
- Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 1992.
- Musee Departmentale, Chateau de Rochechouart, 1990.
- Musee de Grenoble, 1989.
- Gallerie d'Art contemporaine, Nice, 1986.
- Musee d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 1984.
- Musee de Beaux-Arts, Calais, 1983.
- St. Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1981.
- St. Louis Art Museum, 1980.
- Galerie Gillespie-Laage, Paris, 1979, 1980.
- Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels, 1977.
- Musee d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 1974.
Selected Group Exhibitions 
- elles@centrepompidou, The Pompidou Centre, 2010).
- New Works for a New Space. ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas, 1995.
- Arrested Childhood. Center of Contemporary Art, North Miami, 1994.
- A visage decouvert. Fondation cartier, Paris, 1992.
- Parallel Visions. Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, 1992.
- Images in Transition. National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. 1990.
- Today's Art and Erotism. Kunstverein, Bonn, 1982.
- Photography as Art. ICA, London, 1979.
- Couples. PS1, New York, 1978.
- Fabian Stech, J'ai parlé avec Lavier, Annette Messager, Sylvie Fleury, Hirschhorn, Pierre Huyghe, Delvoye, D.F.G. Hou Hanru, Sophie Calle, Ming, Sans et Bourriaud. Presses du réel Dijon, 2007.
- Sheryl Conkelton and Carol Eliel, Annette Messager. Los Angeles County Museum of Art & The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1995.
- ^ Uta Grosenick, Women Artists in the 20th and 21st Century, Taschen, 2001, p354. ISBN 3-8228-5854-4
- ^ "Annette Messager". Christie. Retrieved 2009-07-03.
- ^ Magdalene Perez (March 3, 2006). Caught On Video: Annette Messager Star of New Artist Bio-Pic?. ARTINFO. Retrieved 2008-05-19
- ^ MoMA online catalogue
External links