ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets 

18. Jul - 12. Oct 14 / ended mima


Exhibition | Multi-disciplinary | North

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Louise Bourgeois in 1980. Photo: Mark Setteducati, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by DACS

Louise Bourgeois in 1980. Photo: Mark Setteducati, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by DACS

mima is delighted to be the first ARTIST ROOMS Associate to show works by the American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois this summer. This exhibition will reveal how Bourgeois, working in a variety of materials and scales, explores the mystery and beauty of human emotions. Her works explore issues around vulnerability and fear and often draw on her own life experience. Despite the deeply personal references to her own life in her work, as well as to a range of art historical movements, Bourgeois’s unique visual language ultimately reaches beyond both, raising universal questions about life and art. In particular, ideas of womanhood and its various guises including the roles of daughter, wife, mother and lover are explored through a vocabulary of recurring motifs: spiders, spirals, the ‘arch of hysteria’, double forms and entwined fabric bodies.
“The last great surrealist” – Jonathan Jones, The Guardian.
mima will be working closely with our award winning young friends group to offer a fresh and engaging interpretation of Bourgeois. The exhibition follows the successful showing of Bourgeois at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d’Offay with additional support from funders, including the Art Fund. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its sixth year, is showing at 18 museums and galleries across the UK in 2014. The tour is made possible thanks to the support of Arts Council England and the Art Fund.
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