Feel the intense, psychological impact of Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), one of the most influential artists of our time.
Often autobiographical, Bourgeois’s works explores themes such as birth, childhood, death, love, loss and fear. Although her career spanned seven decades, she was most prolific in later life when she created the famous spider sculptures that helped her become one of the most recognised artists today.
Motherhood, femininity and the human form loom large throughout Bourgeois’s art, and are explored through recurring motifs: spiders, spirals, double forms and entwined fabric bodies.
The driving force behind her work remained the exorcism of her childhood trauma and through sculpture and drawing, she continually retold and reworked the memories and stories that shaped her life.
This free exhibition is drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection and follows the major display of works by the French-American artist at the new Tate Modern gallery.
ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art, displayed across the UK in solo exhibitions that showcase the work of more than 40 major artists. The touring programme gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, discover more about art and learn new skills. Since 2009, 40 million people have visited more than 150 displays at over 75 museums and galleries.
ARTIST ROOMS was founded through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, when Anthony d’Offay gifted the collection to the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.
The ARTIST ROOMS touring programme is delivered by the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate in a partnership with Ferens Art
Gallery until 2019, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, by Art Fund and by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.