Special Exhibition

ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois

22 March - 25 June 2023

Explore the work of legendary artist Louise Bourgeois in this first major presentation of her work in Dorset.

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is one of the most celebrated and influential figures in modern and contemporary art. ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois brings together works from the last twenty years of her life, a period of extraordinary creativity, alongside a small number of earlier pieces from her remarkable seven-decade career. A sculptor of immense distinction, her extraordinary and inventive work received international acclaim in her lifetime. She is perhaps best known for the large-scale spider sculptures that she produced in the last decades of her life, including the one she created for the opening of Tate Modern in 2000.

Bourgeois’s art was closely bound up with her life, and she used art-making to express and investigate her experiences and memories. Ranging from large-scale sculpture and installation to painting and textiles, her art often explores the same ideas in different forms, with an unflinching emotional honesty. Bourgeois’s work is both autobiographical and universal. Using a variety of materials, she gives shape to themes of childhood, family, isolation, sexuality and gender identity, with a focus on the human form and emotional experience.

“I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands…”
Louise Bourgeois

ARTIST ROOMS is a touring collection of international modern and contemporary art. Its national programme reaches audiences across the UK and is developed through local partnerships. ARTIST ROOMS presents the work of individual artists in solo exhibitions. The exhibitions draw from a national collection jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland that includes major bodies of work by international artists. ARTIST ROOMS gives young people the chance to get involved in creative projects, to discover more about art and artists, and learn new skills.

The ARTIST ROOMS programme and collection is managed by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland with the support of Art Fund, Henry Moore Foundation and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. Its founding collection was established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008 with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments.

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Image: Louise Bourgeois Spider I 1995 ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by the Easton Foundation 2013. © The Easton Foundation/VAGA at ARS, NY and DACS, London 2022. Photo © Tate


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ARTIST ROOMS is a collection of modern and contemporary art. Established in 2008, the collection includes major bodies of work by more than 40 international artists. The guiding principle is to show the work of each artist in dedicated solo exhibitions

 

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Your visit

“Thank you for a beautiful, inspiring and thought-provoking exhibition - wonderfully displayed and interpreted. An absolute joy in Dorchester! - Anon”
“Thank you for such a good exhibition - Anon”
“Caused me to reflect on my own ideas regarding sex, gender and other aspects. It's fascinating the ways in which the mind can be expressed. Also a perfect balance between artwork and info presented. Thank you. - Anon”
“Wonderful to see the work of such a renown artist in Dorchester. Powerful imagery, beautifuly presented. -Anon”
“The use of shape and form to represent emotions was interesting to experience. The mentality of the work can only be appreciated by seeing the works first hand - photos in books never capture it. An inspiring visit thank you. - Anon”