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Louise Bourgeois: Structures of Existence: The Cells
Photo: Egor Slizyak © Garage Museum of Contemporary Art.
Louise Bourgeois. Structures of Existence: The Cells
MOSCOW, RUSSIA • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art • 24 September 2015 - 7 February 2016
Organized in collaboration with Haus der Kunst in Munich, Structures of Existence: The Cells is the largest presentation of the iconic French-American sculptor’s Cell series to date. The exhibition focuses on the extraordinary series of sculptural environments Bourgeois created in the last two decades of her life. Also included in the exhibition are the early sculptures, paintings, and drawings that led to the development of this monumental and innovative body of work. Coinciding with the show, Garage has presented two large-scale sculptures: the monumental bronze spider Maman (1999) on the square in front of the Museum; and the international debut of Has the Day Invaded the Night or Has the Night Invaded the Day? (2007) as part of Garage's Atrium Commission series.
The Cells series began in 1991 with six works for the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, where the challenges of participating in such a large-scale group show inspired her instinct to create sculptural enclosures that could isolate and protect the worlds she wanted to share with her audiences: “When I began building the Cells, I wanted to create my own architecture and not depend on the museum space, not have to adapt my scale to it. I wanted to constitute a real space which you could enter and walk around in.”
At Garage, Bourgeois’ enclosures appear at home and stridently free throughout the raw architecture of the Museum, which is more akin to Bourgeois’ studio rather than traditional “white cube” gallery spaces.
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