Annette MessagerThe Pikes 1992-3

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Annette Messager (born 1943)
The Pikes
Les Piques
Date 1992-3
MediumSteel, fabric, coloured pencils, paper, cardboard, glass and dolls
Dimensionsdisplayed: 3000 x 8000 x 1120 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Tate Gallery Foundation 1998


The Pikes is half of an installation first shown at the Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne, Paris, and subsequently divided into two works by the artist. It comprises a dense arrangement of more than a hundred long, spiked poles or 'pikes', propped against two adjacent walls, each of which supports or impales a variety of objects and images. Little bodies made out of a combination of doll parts, stuffed limbs, headless torsos and internal organs are enclosed in sections of stocking, or pierced by many coloured pencils and hung with drawings of torture instruments and victims… (read more)

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