Skip to navigation Skip to content

Fondation

Nicole WILLIS L 1280x1021
Sophie Calle. Chanteuse de soul, Nicole Willis

Sophie Calle: Take Care of Yourself

  • Exhibition
  • Contemporary Art
Look up to address on google map

PHI Foundation 451 & 465 Saint-Jean Street
Montréal, Québec H2Y 2R5

Wednesday to Sunday:
11 AM to 6 PM

Free admission

Curator

At the heart of this exhibition is a break-up e-mail that the artist received from a lover, which ends with the line “Take care of yourself”. Sophie Calle decided to do just that:

“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’. And so I did. I asked 107 women (including two made from wood and one with feathers), chosen for their profession or skills, to interpret this letter. To analyze 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 of taking care of myself.”

Originally produced for the French Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale, Prenez soin de vous consists of texts, photos, films and voices of 107 women of all ages who interpret the break-up letter through their various professions. This poetic and often touching project speaks to us all about our relation to the loved one.

Biography

Sophie Calle
Sophie Calle is a pre-eminent French artist whose conceptual and poetic works obscure the borders between private and public, art and life. She often employs self-established guidelines, questions or rituals to transform her life into image and text-based works. She acts as the voyeur in Les Dormeurs (1979) and L’Hôtel (1981), the pursuer in La Suite vénitienne (1983) or shares her love sorrows with others in Douleur Exquise (1984-2003) and in her most recent exhibition, Take Care of Yourself (2007). Her experiments with different forms of photographic documentation including archival images, street photography, surveillance imagery and portraiture are combined with texts and stories that become compelling works which reside wistfully between fiction and reality.

PHI Event Centre Myriade Chromatique Credit sylvain dumais V2

Free

Centre

Chromatic Myriad

August 15 July 31

The PHI Centre showcases a light installation with evolving content, adapting to the seasons and exhibitions

Installation Technology
Rt rehearsal studio thumb

Free

Foundation

Rirkrit Tiravanija: JOUEZ/PLAY

November 3 March 10

The PHI Foundation is pleased to present JOUEZ/PLAY, a solo exhibition by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija

Exhibition Contemporary Art
BNCR pep thumb

Free

Foundation

The Bureau of Noncompetitive Research

November 3 March 10

The Bureau of Noncompetitive Research is a public engagement project by the collective of the same name. Taking place in the PHI Foundation’s Education Room

Installation Contemporary Art
465 G 6 Rirkrit thumb

Free

Foundation

Guided Tours with the Education Team for All

December 7, 2023, January 18, February 8 and March 7

The PHI Foundation invites you to participate in a guided tour led by our team of educators in order to discover the exhibition JOUEZ/PLAY by artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.

Event Contemporary Art
PHI Event Centre Beats COVER

Limited Places

Centre

In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats

February 7 April 28

An interactive virtual reality adventure that takes audiences back to the heyday of the UK’s illegal Acid House rave scene of the late 1980’s

Virtual Reality Music
PHI Event Centre Habitat Sonore Fev2024 Cover

Dolby Atmos Mix

Centre

Habitat Sonore: Listening room

February 15 April 28

Tune out outside noise and immerse yourself in one of Montreal's only spatial audio listening rooms. The artists: Dominique Fils-Aimé, Michael Gary Dean, SlowPitchSound and Tanya Tagaq

Experience Music