The final room in this retrospective exhibition acts as a kind of ‘cabinet of curiosities’, showing small sculptures and drawings made by Louise Bourgeois over a sixty-year time span.
Unlike many contemporary artists, Bourgeois has maintained her daily practices of making, drawing and writing throughout most of her career. She has accepted a number of significant, large-scale commissions, but for the most part her work is studio-based. The small works in this room are testament to her drive to create, to experiment with materials, forms and ideas.
This room also acts as a small-scale, alternative retrospective exhibition of Bourgeois’s work. Pieces are grouped together by theme or type, rather than chronology, highlighting the very wide range of materials and techniques with which Bourgeois has worked. Objects, shapes and images recur over time, showing the artistic vocabulary Bourgeois developed through the years and giving further insight into her thought processes and working methods.