Moderna Museet Louise Bourgeois : I Have Been to Hell and Back exhibition catalogue

Louise Bourgeois : I Have Been to Hell and Back

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Born in Paris, where she studied with Fernand Léger, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) moved to New York in 1938, where her first solo exhibition was held at the Bertha Schaefer Gallery in 1945. She quickly developed a sculptural vocabulary that drew inventively and equally on Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and psychoanalysis.

This extensive monograph, that accompanied an exhibition at the Moderna Museet provides an overview of Bourgeois' artistic development and presents a large number of works, including some that have never before been reproduced. The volume is grouped into themes that characterize her oeuvre, including memory, trauma, relationships, sexuality, fear and the difficulties of being an artist and mother at the same time. Personal photographs further document the artist's childhood and family life, with several letters and documents being made available for the first time.


  • Author: Iris Muller-Westermann
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Date published: February 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-3775739702
  • Dimensions: 28.6 x 22.0 cm