The work of French artist Anne-Marie Schneider (Chauny, France, 1962) and its evolution over time is the subject of this exhibition at the Reina Sofía Museum, where you can enjoy her initial drawings, marked by linear sobriety, right up to the arrival of colour in the late 90s.
Lines are the fundamental characteristic in the imagination of this artist, with a strong presence of autobiographical work. Her traces are reminiscent of gestural writing and give shape to an enigmatic universe of characters whose bodies are often taken apart and fitted back together in fragments, becoming drawn out into the domestic space and projected onto the landscape.
Her work focuses on everyday situations and banal objects, also highlighting fable, satire, black humour and the absurd in pieces in which improvisation sits alongside precise and calculated gesture.
Although initially colour was used to fill in between the lines, the artist evolved towards polychrome and the monochrome plane, thereby expanding on her thematic repertoire.
The exhibition includes a series that she dedicated in 1996 to the eviction of the 'undocumented' immigrants of Saint-Bernard, shown in La Documenta X de Kassel (1997), which marked a break from the intimate universe she had been developing up until then, as well as four films she made in which she took her drawings and graphics to the screen.
The work of Anne-Marie Schneider is present in French collections such as those of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville, Centre Pompidou and Fonds national d’art contemporain de Paris; as well as the Musée des Arts Contemporains – Site du Grand-Hornu de Boussu (Belgium); the Museum Overholland in Amsterdam and the Museum Het Domein in Sittard (Holland), and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven (USA). In the year 2010 she was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp de l’Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art français (ADIAF).