Louise Bourgeois. I Have Been to Hell and Back

10 Jun 2015 – 27 Sep 2015

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Picasso Museum Málaga

Andalusia, Spain


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The MPM retrospective shows 101 works by Louise Bourgeois, produced between the 1940s and 2009.


Forty-six sculptures in bronze, textiles, latex and aluminium, one cell and one painting, will be shown alongside 53 works on paper and fabric, many of which are large-format or produced in series. The works selected for this exhibition cover the complex variety of Bourgeois’ work, and are divided into nine sections: The Runaway Girl, Loneliness, Trauma, Fragility, Natural Studies, Eternal Movement, Relationships, Taking and Giving, and Balance. 

Curated by Iris Müller-Westermann and organized with the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, this retrospective brings together over 100 artworks produced over seven decades, one third of which have never been shown before. 

As a prelude to the exhibition, visitors are able to see Louise Bourgeois: Photo Album, which takes a look at the artist’s life in photographs. There will also be a screening of the documentary directed by Nigel Finch in 1994 for the BBC, Louise Bourgeois: No Trespassing, and a video produced by Museo Picasso Málaga containing interviews with Jerry Gorovoy, chairman the Louise Bourgeois Foundation, The Easton Foundation, New York; the exhibition’s curator, Iris Müller-Westermann; and the artistic director of MPM, José Lebrero Stals. 

Following on from the exhibition Sophie Tauber-Arp. Avant-garde Pathways (October, 2009 - January, 2010) and Hilma-af-Klint. A Pioneer of Abstraction (October, 2013 - February, 2014), Museo Picasso Málaga is once again presenting a retrospective that highlights artworks produced by the women in art history.


Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911, into a well-to-do family that ran a workshop that restored medieval and Renaissance tapestries. In 1938, she moved to the United States, where she was to live for the rest of her life. A member of the American Abstract Artists Group, she achieved critical acclaim and commercial success at the age of 71, following the retrospective organized by MoMA in 1982. Her original and complex oeuvre is both diverse and fascinating, examining memory, sexuality, motherhood, human relationships and the quest for balance.

Louise Bourgeois’ career coincided with that of Pablo Picasso in a number of ways: they both produced most of their artistic work in a country other than their own; innovation and experimentation were constant features of their lengthy artistic careers, and their respective oeuvres have served as referents for subsequent generations of artists.

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