Louise Bourgeois, Cumul I, 1969, marble, 22 3/8 x 50 x 4". © Louise Bourgeois/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.


Louise Bourgeois

Tate Modern
October 11, 2007–January 20, 2008

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
February 19–June 2, 2008

Curated by Marie-Laure Bernadac, Frances Morris, and Jonas Storsve

“I don’t dream,” Louise Bourgeois once claimed. And although her images, ideas, and objects feel half-submerged in the unconscious, the artist describes her working method as more akin to operating “under a spell” than derived from any somnolent source. The Tate’s retrospective (the first in the UK since 1995), curated by Marie-Laure Bernadac, Frances Morris, and Jonas Storsve, brings together more than two hundred drawings, sculptures, installations, and fabric pieces from Bourgeois’s seven-decade-long career. The accompanying catalogue features the artist’s own multifaceted written work, as well as essays by Rosalind Krauss, Julia Kristeva, Linda Nochlin, and others. All you Bourgeois fans, pinch yourselves: This is no dream.