Françoise Vergier

Centre Pompidou

This exhibition—the first retrospective of Françoise Vergier’s work—included 70 rarely seen pieces dating from 1980 to 1995. The large number of works presented could perhaps be attributed to the fact that Vergier typically works on a small scale, with the exception of the life-size statues of women she sometimes sculpts.

In Vergier’s work one finds evidence of her sensitivity to nature, her affection for literature, and her loving relationship with her child. Despite this personal aspect of her oeuvre, some of her work retains a link to Conceptualism. The early pieces that appeared in this show—which date from 1980 to 1987 and can be broken down into various elements (drawings, photographs, letters, and solid-steel parallelepipeds)—can be exhibited in many different ways. References to art history or poetry are integral to the artist’s modest, sober approach in a number of works, including

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