The Eternal Thread of Louise Bourgeois

The Eternal Thread of Louise Bourgeois
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Solitary, tenacious, never prey to fashion, Louise Bourgeois is considered one of the most important artists of the XX and XXI Centuries, to whom the Long Museum is dedicating the first full-scale exhibition in all of Asia. Eternal Thread offers multiple keys to interpreting the artist - a forest of symbols born out of the traumas of her youth and seemingly present as “an uncut thread” throughout all her life’s work. In the early drawings, the thread symbolises hair and time’s intricacies; her sculptures are often hanging by a thread, suspended, safe yet vulnerable at the same time. This uncut thread is also seen in those stitched cloths in her last installations created with clothes, sheets, towels, all conserved throughout her long life. But, above all, it is the thread of her iconic spider web sculptures - representations of her mother, like the monumental sculpture Maman on display. The spider’s web is like a living piece of architecture, born outside the body. Just like the sculpture of Bourgeois - a part of herself, outside of herself.
Chiara Vedovetto - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Shanghai