Bourgeois lived to be 98 years old and was working right up to her death in 2010. Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child, opening in February 2022, will focus on the last decade and a half of her long and hugely influential career, a period that saw her focus on domestic textiles, often sourced from her own home. Bourgeois' parents owned a business that restored tapestries, and this direct experience with fabrics informed her later work in particular.
Louise Bourgeois The Good Mother (detail), 2003.
From all manner of textiles, Bourgeois constructed quilts, abstract sculptures and figurative works exploring sexuality, vulnerability and motherhood. This exhibition will also include one of her spider sculptures. The artist was drawn to the spider because she saw it as a protective creature that 'eats mosquitoes' and 'is clever like my mother.’ It weaves webs from its body and is capable of repairing its web; Bourgeois' mother repaired tapestries for a living.
Bourgeois' influence on contemporary art was huge, and can be seen in the work of Sarah Lucas and Tracey Emin in particular (Bourgeois and Emin collaborated on a project just before the former died) and her work will no doubt reverberate down the generations. This exhibition will be surely be one of the blockbuster events of the spring. Featuring over 90 works, it will be a must-see for fans of Bourgeois' work and for those who have yet to discover the power of her art for themselves.
|What||Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child|
|Where||Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
09 Feb 22 – 15 Mar 22, 12:00 AM
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