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‘louise bourgeois: the eternal thread,’ the first large-scale museum exhibition in china of work by the french-american artist, will open at long museum, shanghai (@thelongmuseum
) in november. –
widely regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, bourgeois is renowned for creating a body of work that fuses psychological depth with high formal invention. curated by philip larratt-smith, the show offers a focussed survey of major works from the artist’s entire career, including personage sculptures from the late 1940s, cell installations from the 1990s, the fabric works of her final decade, and the monumental spider sculpture maman.
louise bourgeois was born in paris in 1911 and, although she lived in new york from 1938 and until her death in 2010, much of her inspiration was derived from her early childhood in france. using the body as a primary form, bourgeois explored the full range of the human condition. from poetic drawings to room size installations, she was able to give her fears physical form in order to exorcise them. memories, sexuality, love and abandonment are the core of her complex body of work.
for bourgeois, sewing, stitching, and joining are symbolic actions that enact her wish for reconciliation and reparation, even as they ward off her lifelong fear of separation and abandonment. engraver, painter, sculptor, and installation artist, bourgeois worked across different media throughout her life, and yet her output is rooted in a consistent set of emotional themes. indeed, the eternal thread may be read as the realm of the unconscious, timeless and eternal, from which the multifarious and at times contradictory forms of her art emerge. follow the link in our stories to learn more.
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image: louise bourgeois in 1975 wearing her latex sculpture 'avenza' (1968-1969) which became part of 'confrontation' (1978). © the easton f