Louise Bourgeois: Femme
February 11–May 21, 2006
Louise Bourgeois: Femme is a collaborative partnership between the Walters Art Museum and the Contemporary Museum. This is the first time that Bourgeois’ art has been directly integrated into the existing galleries of a museum’s permanent collection. The installation is an exploration of the artist’s fascination with the female form. It juxtaposes approximately 40 works created over the course of the artist’s long career with like-themed cultural artifacts in the Walters’ ancient through 19th-century collections. Since Bourgeois’ 1983 breakthrough retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, her celebrity has steadily grown. She is widely considered to be one of the world’s most important and influential contemporary sculptors. At the Walters, works from Bourgeois’ personal collection and new pieces created especially for the occasion will be installed throughout the museum’s permanent collection galleries. At the Contemporary Museum, a series of nine related copperplate etchings by Bourgeois and a film will be featured.