One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Louise Bourgeois has been an important figure among the Louisiana collection. She was first introduced by the museum in 2003 with her sculpture Spider Couple, and now she looks to return with another of her intriguing works, The Cells. Bourgeois takes the versified meaning of the word cell to structure her work, from the prison cell to the monk cell, to the smallest biological unit of life.
As with many of Bourgeois’ works, personal histories, pains and devotions are the staring to points to an idea, which often refer to links between body, architecture, objects and memory. Each element within her installation, occupies its own spatial unit, filled with selected objects, contained by a latticework of salvaged architectural materials such as glass and old doors. Many of her works unify each other through the portrayal sensory and psychological scenarios of high tension.
For the exhibitition, the whole of the Louisiana’s south wing will showcase 25 of the cell works, which she began working on in 1989. Borrowed from collections globally, the museum will also showcase a selection of smaller sculptures, paintings and drawings by the artist. The exhibition is the first of its type and has been put together as a partnership between Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk.
Louise Bourgeois, Structures of Existence: The Cells, 13 October 2016 – 26 February 2017, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk, Denmark.
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1. Louise Bourgeois. Courtesy of Louisiana.