Louise BourgeoisMaman 1999

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Artist
Louise Bourgeois (1911‑2010)
Title
Maman
Date 1999
MediumSteel and marble
Dimensions9271 x 8915 x 10236 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 2008
Reference
T12625
Not on display

Summary

Maman is a monumental steel spider, so large that it can only be installed out of doors, or inside a building of industrial scale. Supported on eight slender, knobbly legs, its body is suspended high above the ground, allowing the viewer to walk around and underneath it. Each ribbed leg ending in a sharp-tipped point is made of two pieces of steel, and attached to a collar above which an irregularly ribbed spiralling body rises, balanced by a similar sized egg sac below. The meshed sac contains seventeen white and grey marble eggs that hang above the viewer’s head, gleaming in the darkness of their under-body cavity. Maman was made for the opening of Tate Modern in May 2000 as part of Bourgeois’s commission for the Turbine Hall, the grand central space of the museum… (read more)

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