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Biography of Françoise Pétrovitch
Since the 1990s, Françoise Pétrovitch has been shaping a singular work that suggests without saying too much. The thread is woven over time but the intention is never repeated,
A multidisciplinary artist, she expresses herself through drawing, watercolour, ink, wash and painting, as well as sculpture, ceramics, photography, video or installation; in addition, she also produces graphic work, notably lithographs. Born in Chambéry (Savoie) in 1964, the artist proposes an ambivalent universe, where strange figures, sometimes masked, play with the frontiers between masculine and feminine, adult and child, man and animal. At once tender and acidic, reassuring and disquieting, Françoise Petrovitch's work is marked by a constant; she cultivates the uncertain, as well as contradictions and pretences, to shake our wise certainties.
Playing on formats and on a work in constant evolution, Françoise Petrovitch reveals an ambiguous, silent and often disturbing world, playing with conventional boundaries and going beyond temporal caategories. The intimate and the collective, the everyday and the universal, animals and human beings, childhood and adolescence mingle, exploring absence, fragment, disappearance.
Françoise Pétrovitch has benefited from numerous monographic exhibitions in France and abroad. She has exhibited at the Keramis Museum - Centre de la céramique and at the Centre de la Gravure et de l'Image Im-primée in La Louvière (Belgium), at the Centre d'art de Campredon in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and at the Frac Paca in Marseille. In 2018, she is the first contemporary artist to benefit from a monographic exhibition at the Louvre-Lens. Between 2019 and 2021, she was the subject of major exhibitions at the Ga-lerie des Enfants at the Musée national d'art moderne du Centre Pompidou, at the Fonds Leclerc pour la culture in Landerneau, at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, at the Villa Savoye in Poissy and at the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Paris).
Her works are included in the collections of the Musée national d'art moderne du Centre Pompidou, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. (United States), the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs (United States), the Keramis Museum in La Louvière (Belgium), the Musées d'art moderne et contemporain in Saint-Etienne and Strasbourg, as well as in numerous FRAC.