Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is considered to be one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Her original and complex as well as fascinating and diverse oeuvre will be presented in a major survey including 105 works covering the artist’s whole career stretching from the 1930s to 2009. Some of the works in the show have never been presented publicly before.
The exhibition includes sculptures, works on paper and textile works, aiming at showing the variety of materials and techniques the artist worked in. The exhibition is grouped into nine recurring themes relating to memories, trauma, relationships, sexuality, anxiety as well as the challenge of combining the roles of being a mother and an artist.
The fully illustrated catalogue presents the works in the exhibition as well as documentary photographs, part of which have not been published earlier, stretching over the artist’s life from early childhood, family life up to her late years. The catalogue also includes a selection of private letters and documents, which recently have been filed and made accessible. The texts include an interview based on conversations between Louise Bourgeois and Christiane Meyer-Thoss carried out in New York during 1986-1989, which was out of print for a long time and is reprint here, an essay by literature researcher Léa Vuong and an introduction to the exhibition by curator Iris Müller-Westermann.
Curator: Iris Müller-Westermann