LOUISE BOURGEOIS: I Have Been to Hell and Back

The Birth, 2007; photo: Christopher Burke, © The Easton Foundation / Licensed by BUS 2015

Exhibition, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, until 17 May.

Before entering the exhibition, visitors will encounter Bourgeois’s monumental work Maman, a gigantic spider sculpture, which is standing outside the museum. The art of Louise Bourgeois is complex, radical, and full of subversive humour, danger, and fear. She succeeds in formulating that which is hard to find words for, with a creative urge intimately linked with her need to understand, imbuing her oeuvre with a compelling psychological dimension. This is a major survey of the artist’s work, with more than 100 pieces, including 47 sculptures, one cell, one painting, and 54 works on paper and fabric, stretching over seven decades. The selection also highlights her experiments with different materials, techniques, and scales.