Archives for Louise Bourgeois

Henry Moore Foundation Launches New Visitor Centre and Show


THIS summer, arts charity the Henry Moore Foundation opens a new visitor centre and archive at the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens in Hertfordshire. The Henry Moore Foundation aims to encourage the appreciation of the visual arts and to demonstrate why sculpture matters. The charity is also opening a new exhibition The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.

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Stuart Brisley, Louise Bourgeois’ Leg (2002) Performance Object Plaster, ironing board, wood.
Courtesy of the Artist and Hales London New York © The Artist Photograph: Andy Keate


The show aims to focus on the relationship between prosthetics and sculpture, with examples dating from World War I until today. The show will present over 70 artworks, objects and images, exploring how sculpture and medical science have collaborated in order to augment the human figure and rebuild the lives of those affected by the war.

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Yael Bartana, Entartete Kunst Lebt (2010) video still.
Courtesy of Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, and Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

The exhibition will include a new sculpture by British artist Rebecca Warren RA, which will be located outside the Leeds’ Institute.  Additionally, there will be a series of talks and events led by sculpture scholars and medical historians.


facialprosthesiscrop_2Painted metal facial prosthesis attributed to Anna Coleman Ladd (1878-1939), made in France, 1917-1920. Courtesy of the Antony Wallace Archives of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons ©


by Rebecca Acres


Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire SG10 6EE Tel: 01279 844104

Henry Moore Institute, 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH Tel: 0113 246 7467

Dutch museum acquires two more sculptures by Louise Bourgeois

LB SS1Spider Couple (2003) by Louise Bourgeois

THE GEMEENTEMUSEUM, The Hague, has acquired two large sculptures by the French artist Louise Bourgeois, Spider Couple (2003), from her famous spider series and Clouds and Caverns (which has never previously been exhibited) on long-term loan. The Louise Bourgeois Studio owns a number of the artist’s larger sculptures, and it loans them to only a few museums in the world. The Gemeentemuseum,  already owns a sculpture by Bourgeois Cell XXVI (2003), from her celebrated later period, which was bought by the museum in 2011, with support from the Friends of the Gemeentemuseum and various funds. It is the only institution in the Netherlands  to own any work by Bourgeois and, after this recent acquisition, becomes one of the Louise Bourgeois Studio’s permanent partners in Europe.

LB SS2Clouds and Caverns by Louise Bourgeois

Gemeentemuseum has the world’s largest collection of Mondrians, hosts runaway shows such as the Mark Rothko exhibition and the presentation of The Vincent Award. The loan of these  sculptures confirms its rising profile in the modern and contemporary art world. “The arrival of Spider Couple and Clouds and Caverns strengthens our position even further,” says director Benno Tempel.

The purchase of Cell XXVI in 2011 was the stimulus for the Double Sexus exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum, in which the Bourgeois was closely involved. When she died shortly before the opening, at the age of 98 in 2010, the museum completed preparations for the exhibition with the Louise Bourgeois Studio. The Gemeentemuseum’s close relationship with the artist and the studio has now been cemented by the long-term loan. The two sculptures now occupy a place of honour among the permanent exhibit of modern art.

by Caroline Simpson