Louise Bourgeois

Janus Fleuri

1968

On display at Tate Modern

Medium
Bronze, gold patina
Dimensions
Object: 257 x 318 x 213 mm
Collection
ARTIST ROOMS
Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by the The Easton Foundation 2013
On long term loan
Reference
AL00347

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Bourgeois made a number of works in the late 1960s that had the ability to combine both masculine and feminine elements. This hanging sculpture combines two ‘mirror image’ phallic aspects, both made by casting an original sculpture. The two-headed ‘Janus’ takes its title from the Roman god who is usually depicted with two faces, looking back into the past and forwards into the future.

Gallery label, October 2016