Anne Et Patrick Poirier


Anne Poirier b. Marseille, France, 1941. Lives and works in Lourmarin, France
Patrick Poirier b. Nantes, France, 1942. Lives and works in Lourmarin, France


For over 40 years, Anne and Patrick Poirier have visited, carried out excavations, collected and inventoried sites and relics from ancient civilizations. This interest in travel and the discovery of world heritage is deeply rooted in their artistic practice. In the wake of Claude Lévi-Strauss's teachings, they belong to the first generation of artists who have travelled the world in an attempt to understand the organization of ancient cities, and more particularly, their disappearance. Eschewing the conventionaln roles of sculptor or painter, they have assumed the mantles of archaeologist and architect, as the situation may call for it. Their work is not so much formal research, as it is a journey through time and human memory, via an artistic approach to the Humanities; a process they consider to be fundamental in binding both individuals and societies together.

Their work appeared in the Venice Biennale in 1976, 1980, and 1984, as well as in the documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977. Numerous exhibitions have also been dedicated to them at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris (1978), the MoMA in New York (1979), and, more recently, the Musée d'Art Moderne in Saint-Étienne in 2016, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris in 2017, the Villa Médicis in 2019, the Château La Coste and at the Abbaye du Thoronet en 2021 ore at the MRAC of Sérignan in 2022.