Louise Bourgeois

(American/French, 1911 - 2010)

day and night (day) by louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Day and Night (Day), 2007

day and night (night) by louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Day and Night (Night), 2007

femme by louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Femme, 2005

ohne titel / untitled (calme toi) by louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Ohne Titel / Untitled (Calme Toi), 2000

the welcoming hands by louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

The Welcoming Hands, 1996

toi et moi i by louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Toi et Moi I, 1997



Born in Paris, France
1921 - 1932
Academie Fenelon, France
1932 - 1935
Studied at the Sorbonne, Paris, France
1936 - 1937
Studied at the École du Louvre, Paris, France
Atelier Bissiere
1936 - 1938
Studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Pupil of Fernand Léger
Academie de la Grande Chaumiere
Emigrated to the USA, New York, NY
1939 - 1940
Vaclav Vytlacil
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
G.S.A. Commission, Manchester, NH
Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA, USA
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
Elected Member of American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY, USA
Named Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, France
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, USA


Rare and Important works from a Private Collection, Galerie Karsten Greve Paris, France (solo)
Les Papesses, Palais des Papes, Avignon, France
2011 - 2012
Louise Bourgeois: À l’infini, Hommage zum 100. Geburtstag, Foundation Beyeler / Beyeler Museum AG, Riehen, Switzerland
Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Museu do Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
THE DAMNED, THE POSSESSED AND THE BELOVED, installation piece, unveiled on June 23rd, 2011 in Vardo, Norway
2010 - 2011
Louise Bourgeois: Eugénie Grandet, Maison de Balzac, Paris, France
Otto Zitko & Louise Bourgeois Me, Myself and I Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Hans Bellmer – Louise Bourgeois: Double Sexus, Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, Netherlands
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (solo)
Louise Bourgeois. A Stretch of Time, Galerie Karsten Greve Köln, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2008 - 2009
Louise Bourgeois, Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy (solo)
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (solo)
Nature Study, Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland
Louise Bourgeois: La Rivière Gentille, Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland
Louise Bourgeois: Echo, Cheim & Read, New York, NY, USA
2007 - 2008
Bourgeois in Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA (solo)
Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now, Barbican Centre, London, UK
Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, Tate Modern, London, UK; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (solo)
Louise Bourgeois: New Work, Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London, UK
Louise Bourgeois: Recent Prints, Marlborough Graphics, London, UK
Louise Bourgeois: Crouching Spider", installed on Pier 14 at Embarcadero & Mission Street San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA, USA

Öffentliche Sammlungen

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY