“Louise Bourgeois”

Louise Bourgeois, Inner Experience

Until 4 September 2016, the Guggenheim Bilbao is hosting the exhibition “Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells”, paying homage to the work that haunted the artist in the last twenty years of her life. Louise Bourgeois didn’t tend to make concessions. For her, “space does not exist. It is a metaphor constructed to structure our existences.” It was in this mind-set of denial that she designed, in the last twenty years of her life, her Cells: her own metaphor for space. The Cells are complex works. According to Julienne Lorz, curator of the exhibition along with Petra Joos, they “are located in the indeterminate space between museography, staging, atmosphere creation and installation; a sculptural entity that, on this scale and on this formal level, has no equivalents in the history of art”. “Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells” is an exhibition that has no equivalent either, so much so does it call for superlatives. For the exhibition, the Haus der Kunst in Munich and the Guggenheim Bilbao gathered 28 of these architectural spaces that are so impressive for their dimensions and their evocativeness. Gathering all the pieces was a tour de force. Julienne Lorz recalls: “This exhibition is unique for the diversity of lenders and the complexity of its installation. It’s certain that we won’t be able to see another such event again for dozens of years.” The works come from diverse collections: the Easton Foundation and the Louise Bourgeois Trust, of course, but also the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki), the Daskalopoulos collection, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Centre Pompidou, and numerous private collections. Seeing these works gathered is a rare event, and it is incidentally the first time that Cells I to VI have been reunited since they...

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“Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back” at Moderna Museet, Stockholm

A major survey of Louise Bourgeois’ works, entitled “Louise Bourgeois: I Have Been to Hell and Back” is to be held at Moderna Museet in Stockholm from 14 February until 17 May 2015. The monumental sculpture Maman is to stand outside the museum, the 30-foot high spider with its sac of 26 marble eggs looming over the building. The exhibition itself is to display over 100 of her works, the largest exhibition in Sweden of her artwork to date. Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911, and studied mathematics at the Sorbonne before her mother’s death inspired her to give this up and take up art. She moved to New York in 1938, where she moved from working mostly in painting and prints to sculpture, the medium for which she would become best known. Her works focus on themes of loneliness, nurture, fear, and anger. For Bourgeois, art was a confessional tool, and she is famously known for saying that “art is a guarantee of...

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Louise Bourgeois at Galerie Lelong

Galerie Lelong in Paris is to host an exhibition of the works of Louise Bourgeois from 12 February to 28 March. The exhibition will include a wide variety of the artist’s work, from etchings she made in the ’40s, that were edited by the gallery in 1990, to her Autobiographical Series (1994). Her works often involve an autobiographical element, and draw upon memory, including recurrent motifs such as self-portraits, mirrors, and bathrooms. The collection of writings and interviews by Louise Bourgeois, Destruction du père/Reconstruction du père, which was published by the gallery in 2000, will also be available. Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was a French-American visual artist and sculptor, who was influential in Modern and Contemporary art. She is especially well-known for her large spider structures, which resulted in her being given the nickname Spiderwoman. Her work Spider was sold at Christie’s New York Post-War Contemporary Evening Sale in 2011 for $10,722,500. She has had many gallery and museum exhibitions around the world, such as at the the Drawing Center and at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)...

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Louise Bourgeois’ “Suspension” at Cheim & Read

“Suspension”, an exhibition by the Franco-American sculptor Louise Bourgeois, who passed away in 2010, is to be held at Cheim & Read Gallery in New York. It will present works by the artist which involve the theme of suspension, spanning a period of over 45 years. The density of the pieces appears to be offset by their seemingly effortless suspension, allowing the viewer to interact with them as they move and bestowing the works with a sense of motion and vulnerability. Pieces such as Arch of Hysteria (1993), in which a male form is hung from its pelvis, are explorations of fear and pain and their effects on the body. The idea of suspension also has biographical resonances for the artist, who remembers seeing her father hang chairs in the attic — she would go on to write the following lines which support her attraction to the concept; “loathing of the floor – wish to hang things / and see hanging things”. The exhibition is to run from 30 October 2014 until 10 January...

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Giving everything away at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery

Edinburgh, 2 August 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 26 October 2013 to 23 February 2014, the Fruitmarket Gallery is to present “I Give Everything Away” an exhibition of works by Louise Bourgeois. The show is to feature the artist’s Insomnia Drawings (1994-1995), created whilst Bourgeois was semi-conscious, approaching sleep. These pieces will be displayed alongside two large works on paper entitled When Did This Happen (2007) and I Give Everything Away (2010), created near the time of the artist’s death. Each piece examines the potentially blurred distinction between painting and drawing. The exhibition is to be held at the same time as a major exhibition devoted to Bourgeois’s works: “A Woman Without Secrets” is to be held at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art between 26 October 2013 and 18 May 2014. Louise Bourgeois (1991-2010) is a French artist, whose works are often associated with the Surrealist movement, and who studied alongisde Fernand Léger in the 1930s. Her style developed over the course of her career, but found a more assured direction towards the end of Bourgeois’s life, when her research into psychoanalysis began to influence her...

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