ARTIST ROOMS: Louise Bourgeois
1 September – 18 November 2017
Perth Museum is the first venue to receive this remarkable collection of works by French-American artist Louise Bourgeois after it opened Tate Modern’s new dedicated ARTIST ROOMS space in 2016.
Though a contemporary of prominent names including Miró, De Kooning and Rothko, Bourgeois (1911-2010) developed her own distinctive and highly personal approach across her 70-year career, drawing on her family background in textiles to explore ideas of trauma and vulnerability. Her symbolically loaded objects often depict the human form as trapped, tortured or transfigured.
Expect to see fabric works, drawings and vitrines in this selection of late-career pieces that underline Bourgeois’ influence on feminist criticism and psychoanalytical readings of the human body. Drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection, they demonstrate both the breadth of Bourgeois’ practice (which spanned sculpture, installation, painting, drawing and printing) as well as the clarity of her vision.