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ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets

From 26 October 2013 to 18 May 2014

Exhibition now finished

The National Galleries of Scotland was proud to announce a major presentation of works by the great French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) in an exhibition entitled Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

Highlighting her late work, the exhibition was a first showing of an outstanding collection of works by Louise Bourgeois which has been on loan to the national ARTIST ROOMS programme. This exhibition revealed how Bourgeois, working in a variety of materials and scales, explores the mystery and beauty of human emotions.

Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets  was organised in collaboration with Jerry Gorovoy of the Louise Bourgeois Studio and The Easton Foundation, which very generously lent a number of major sculptural works including Spiral Woman (1984) and a giant Spider from 1994. As well as works such as, Poids(1993), Couple I (1996), Cell XIV (Portrait)(2000), Eyes (2001-2005), and two late masterpieces, the cycle of 16 monumental drawings A L'Infini (2008-2009) and the artist’s final vitrine, Untitled(2010). These works were augmented by important loans from Tate, The Easton Foundation and private collections. The exhibition was further enhanced through the loan of several key works from Tate’s collection, including Avenza (1968-9), Cell (Eyes and Mirrors) (1989-93) and a group of late works in red gouache, dating from 2007-9.

Complementing the exhibition, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh presented a major exhibition of Bourgeois’s works on paper. Louise Bourgeois: I Give Everything Away, curated by Frances Morris (Tate Modern) featured the artist’s Insomnia Drawings(1994-95), a remarkable suite of 220 drawings and writings on loan from the Daros Collection, alongside two suites of large-scale mixed-media drawings made during the last years of the artist’s life. This exhibition opened on 26 October, and ran until 23 February 2014


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