Annette Messager (born 30 November 1943 in Berck, France) is a French visual artist. In 2005 she won the prestigious Golden Lion Award at the Venice Biennale for her artwork at the French Pavilion. She currently lives and works in Paris, France.
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.
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, which showcases an installation of rooms that include a series of photographs and 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 is the partner of artist Christian Boltanski.