ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois – Middlesbrough
mima: Display
18 July – 12 October 2014

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mima is delighted to be the first ARTIST ROOMS Associate to show works by the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois in the summer of 2014. This exhibition reveals how Bourgeois, working in a variety of materials and scales, explores the mystery and beauty of human emotions. Her works explore issues around vulnerability and fear and often draw on her own life experience. Despite the deeply personal references to her own life in her work, as well as to a range of art historical movements, Bourgeois’s unique visual language ultimately reaches beyond both, raising universal questions about life and art. In particular, ideas of womanhood and its various guises including the roles of daughter, wife, mother and lover are explored through a vocabulary of recurring motifs: spiders, spirals, the ‘arch of hysteria’, double forms and entwined fabric bodies.

mima’s award-winning young friends group also offer a fresh and engaging interpretation of Bourgeois. The exhibition follows the successful showing of Bourgeois at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.