Prenez soin de vous
Sophie CALLE
solo show
July 02
- 05, 2020
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60 rue de Turenne







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On the occasion of the Paris Gallery Week-end, Perrotin is pleased to present iconic work by Sophie Calle: Prenez soin de vous.

I received an email telling me it was over.

I didn’t know how to respond

It was almost as if it hadn’t been meant for me.

It ended with the words, Take care of yourself.

I followed this advice to the letter I asked 107 women (as well as two handpuppets and a parrot), chosen for their profession or skills, to interpret the letter.

To analyse it, comment on it, dance it, sing it. Dissect it. Exhaust it.

Understand it for me. Answer for me.

It was a way of taking the time to break up

A way to take care of myself.

Prenez soin de vous documents 107 women interpreting a break-up letter Calle received from an ex-lover. This body of work was originally created for the French Pavilion of the 2007 Venice Biennale and has been exhibited since then in major museums worldwide included the Fondation pour l’art contemporain DHC/ART, Montréal, Canada in 2008, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK in 2009, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis, USA in 2012, the Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Norway in 2013, el Museo Tamayo, Mexico city, Mexico in 2014, el Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, San Francisco, USA in 2017, Santiago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chili in 2018.

The exhibition will be followed starting on July 6 by a viewing room featuring a selection of artworks from series Prenez soin de vous and Série Noire.

List of artworks
ROOM 1
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Latinist, Anne Marie Ozanam / Prenez soin de vous. Latiniste, Anne Marie Ozanam, 2007
photo : 83 × 103 cm | 32 3/4 × 40 1/2 inch
text : 104 × 80 cm | 41 × 31 inch ((x2))
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Mother, Monique Sindler / Prenez soin de vous. Mère, Monique Sindler, 2007
photo : 63 × 78 cm | 24 × 30 3/4 inch
text : 43 × 103 cm | 17 × 40 1/2 inch
Color print,text, frosted glass, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Talmudic Exegete, Eliette Abécassis / Prenez soin de vous. Exégète talmudique, Eliette Abécassis, 2007
83 × 103 cm | 32 3/4 × 40 1/2 inch
Color print, text, frosted glass, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take Care of Yourself. Philosopher, Catherine Malabou / Prenez soin de vous. Philosophe, Catherine Malabou, 2007
Photo : 53 × 65.5 cm | 20 3/4 × 25 3/4 inch
Text : 31.5 × 40.3 cm | 12 × 15 3/4 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take Care of Yourself. Psychoanalyst, / Prenez soin de vous. Psychanalyste, Marie-Magdeleine Lessana, 2007
photo : 43 × 53 cm | 17 × 20 3/4 inch
text : 38 × 53 cm | 15 × 20 3/4 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Chess player, Nathalie Franc / Prenez soin de vous. Joueuse d'échecs, Nathalie Franc, 2007
Photo : 33 × 40 cm | 13 × 15 3/4 inch
Texte : 53 × 53 cm | 20 3/4 × 20 3/4 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
ROOM 2
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Journalist, Florence Aubenas / Prenez soin de vous. Journaliste, Florence Aubenas, 2007
photo : 65 × 53 cm | 25 3/4 × 20 3/4 inch
text : 38 × 53 cm | 15 × 20 3/4 inch
Color print, frame, text on paper, ink (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Translator into SMS language, Alice Lenay / Prenez soin de vous. Traductrice en language sms, Alice Lenay, 2007
photo : 113 × 140 cm | 44 1/2 × 55 1/4 inch
text : 113 × 85 cm | 44 1/2 × 33 15/32 inch
Color print, text, frame
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Novelist, lyrics writer, Marie Nimier / Prenez soin de vous. Romancière, parolière, Marie Nimier, 2007
photo : 63 × 78 cm | 24 × 30 3/4 inch
text : 63 × 96 cm | 24 × 37 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Crossword puzzle writer, Catherine Carone / Prenez soin de vous. Cruciverbiste, Catherine Carone, 2007
photo : 53 × 65.5 cm | 20 3/4 × 25 3/4 inch
text : 156.5 × 167.5 cm | 61 1/2 × 66 inch
Color print, text on felt, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Accountant, Sylvie Roch / Prenez soin de vous. Expert comptable, Sylvie Roch, 2007
photo : 103 × 83 cm | 40 1/2 × 32 3/4 inch
text : 18 × 103 cm | 7 × 40 1/2 inch ((x2))
Color print, text, frame (x3)
Sophie CALLE
Prenez soin de vous. Stylisticienne, Françoise Gomez / Prenez soin de vous. Stylisticienne, Françoise Gomez, 2007
photo : 53.5 × 65.5 cm | 21 × 25 3/4 inch
text : 156 × 65.5 cm | 61 1/2 × 25 3/4 inch
Color print, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Headhunter, Christiane Cellier / Prenez soin de vous. Chasseuse de tête, Christiane Cellier, 2007
113 × 140 cm
21.2 × 201.3 cm
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Proofreader, Valérie Lermite / Prenez soin de vous. Correctrice, Valérie Lermite, 2007
photo : 113 × 140 cm | 44 1/2 × 55 1/4 inch
text : 198 × 140 cm | 6.5 ft × 55 1/4 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Romance writers, Anne et Marine Rambach / Prenez soin de vous. Auteures de romans sentimentaux, Anne et Marine Rambach, 2007
photo : 43 × 53 cm | 17 × 20 3/4 inch
text : 41 × 53 cm | 16 5/32 × 20 3/4 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Expert in women's rights at the UN, Françoise Gaspard / Prenez soin de vous. Experte des droits des femmes à l'ONU, Françoise Gaspard, 2007
photo : 53 × 65.5 cm | 20 3/4 × 25 3/4 inch
text : 31 × 32.8 cm | 12 × 13 inch
Color print, frosted glass, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Criminologist, Michèle Agrapart-Delmas / Prenez soin de vous. Criminologue, Michèle Agrapart-Delmas, 2007
Text : 146 × 53 cm | 57 1/2 × 20 7/8 inch
Photo : 43 × 53 cm | 16 15/16 × 20 7/8 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Schoolgirl, Ambre / Prenez soin de vous. Elève de CM2, Ambre, 2007
photo : 53 × 43 cm | 20 3/4 × 17 inch
texte : 53 × 41 cm | 20 3/4 × 16 1/4 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Cartoonist, Soledad Bravi / Prenez soin de vous. Dessinatrice, Soledad Bravi, 2007
each : 43 × 53 cm | 17 × 20 3/4 inch
Color print, drawing, silkscreen on glass, frame (x3)
Sophie CALLE
Take care of yourself. Press agency consultant, Benedicte Manier / Prenez soin de vous. Journaliste d'agence de presse, Bénédicte Manier, 2007
Photo : 63 × 78 cm | 24 13/16 × 30 11/16 inch
Text : 25 × 78 cm | 9 3/4 × 30 3/4 inch
Color print, text, frame (x2)