Anne & Patrick Poirier


15 Sep 2018 - 20 Jan 2019

Anne and Patrick Poirier gained international fame with their poetic arrangements of ruins in connection with the ‘Spurensicherung’ exhibitions. Born in 1941 and 1942 respectively, she in Marseilles and he in Nantes; they first met when studying at the École National Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (1963-1966) in Paris. In 1967 a scholarship brought both of them to Rome’s Villa Medici where they lived and worked until 1971. Anne and Patrick Poirier were already able to present their work together for the first time in 1970. In 1974 Anne and Patrick Poirier were involved in a pioneering exhibition ‘Spurensicherung’ at the Kunstverein Hamburg and in Munich at the Münchner Städtischen Galerie in the Lenbachhaus. ‘Spurensicherung’ which was to give its name to an entire artistic movement, devoted itself to artistic inquiry and documentation of true and untrue events. Anne and Patrick Poiriers’ early years have also been cited as being formative for their artistic concepts. Both of them grew up in a France destroyed by world war and the devastation was a constant companion throughout their childhoods.