The National Galleries of Scotland is proud to announce a major presentation of works by the great French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) in an exhibition entitled Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Highlighting her late work, the exhibition is a first showing of an outstanding collection of works by Louise Bourgeois now on loan to the national ARTIST ROOMS programme, including Poids (1993), Couple I (1996), Cell XIV (Portrait) (2000), Eyes (2001-2005), and two late masterpieces, the cycle of 16 monumental drawings A L'Infini (2008-2009) and the artist’s final vitrine, Untitled (2010). These works will be augmented by important loans from Tate, The Easton Foundation and private collections. This exhibition will reveal how Bourgeois, working in a variety of materials and scales, explores the mystery and beauty of human emotions.
Louise Bourgeois, A Woman Without Secrets has been organised in collaboration with Jerry Gorovoy of the Louise Bourgeois Studio and The Easton Foundation, which has very generously lent a number of major sculptural works including Spiral Woman (1984) and a giant Spider from 1994. The exhibition is further augmented through the loan of several key works from Tate’s collection, including Avenza (1968-9), Cell (Eyes and Mirrors) (1989-93) and a group of late works in red gouache, dating from 2007-9.
Complementing the exhibition, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh will be presenting a major exhibition of Bourgeois’s works on paper. Louise Bourgeois: I Give Everything Away, curated by Frances Morris (Tate Modern) features the artist’s Insomnia Drawings (1994-95), a remarkable suite of 220 drawings and writings on loan from the Daros Collection, alongside two suites of large-scale mixed-media drawings made during the last years of the artist’s life. This exhibition also opens on 26 October, and runs until 23 February 2014.
A fully illustrated catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, made possible with support from Hauser & Wirth, Cheim & Read and The Easton Foundation.