mima is delighted to be the first ARTIST ROOMS Associate to show works by the American artist and sculptor Louise Bourgeois in the summer of 2014. 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.
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 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Louise Bourgeois, COUPLE I (1996). Fabric, hanging piece, 203.2 x 68.6 x 71.1cm
ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by the Artist Rooms Foundation 2013
Photo: Christopher Burke, © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by DACS