Louise Bourgeois: To hell and back at the Modern

February 25, 2015

in Art, architecture, music, film & books,Stockholm,Stockholm museums

Moderna Maman by Louise Bourgeois is on display at Stockholm’s Moderna Museum.


Louise Bourgeois The spider eggs were pretty cool, too.


On Sunday, we joined the masses at the Moderna Museet (Modern Museum) to see the Louise Bourgeeois I have been to hell and back show. The lines were long to get into the exhibit, so we were definitely happy that membership has its privileges and that we bypassed them.

This was one of the better exhibits that I’ve seen in a while at the museum. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the spider sculpture Maman by Bourgeois outside the front entrance is enormous and irresistible. It was fun to just watch people interacting with the giant arachnid, especially since it was a beautifully sunny blue sky day.

Inside, the exhibit space is divided into a spider web of nine interconnecting rooms, with breaks in the walls allowing you to peak into the next space. The setup itself is interesting.

Here are two quotes from Bourgeois that I liked:

“What modern art means is that you have to keep finding new ways to express yourself, to express the problems, that there are no settled ways, no fixed approach. This is a painful situation, and modern art is about this painful situation of having no absolutely definite way of expressing yourself.”

“I came from a family of repairers. The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.”

The show is at the Moderna Museet until May 17. Check it out if you have the chance and let me know what you think.

Moderna Museet The exhibit space was divided up in a spiral of rooms.


Moderna Museet Admiring the art.


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