Louise Bourgeois: Spiders

Exhibition Website

Oct 7 2017 - Jul 14 2019

Louise Bourgeois created the first of her darkly compelling spider sculptures in the mid-1990s, when she was in her eighties. The artist saw spiders as both fierce and fragile, capable of being protectors as well as predators.

Partly a reference to her mother, partly to herself, spiders for her represented cleverness, industriousness, and protectiveness. Filling the museum’s sculpture gallery on Floor 5, Louise Bourgeois Spiders explores the captivating complexity of the artist’s conception of these elegant and fearsome creatures, with works sculpted in a range of materials and scales, from the intimate to the monumental.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.         
Image: Louise Bourgeois, Spider2003; Gift of Helen and Charles Schwab through  The Art Supporting Foundation; copyright The Easton Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, NY; photo: Christopher Burke

  • Sculpture
  • American
  • 20th Century
  • Louise Bourgeois

Exhibition Venues & Dates