Last Exhibition on which Louise Bourgeois Collaborated in Person Opens


THE HAGUE.- The new cultural season at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag opened with an exhibition on artist Louise Bourgeois, who died on 29 May this year. The exhibition confronts her work with that of Hans Bellmer and is being held in cooperation with the Nationalgalerie Berlin. It is the very last exhibition on which Bourgeois collaborated in person. The confrontation of her work with that of Surrealist artist Bellmer appealed strongly to her. Director Benno Tempel: ‘Despite her advanced years, Louise Bourgeois’ death came as a surprise. She carried on working with amazing energy right to the end and she was heavily involved in the preparations for this show.’ The work of both Bourgeois and Bellmer is heavily influenced by childhood experiences. In both cases, the relationship with a dominant father is an especially important factor. Louise Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911. Her father was a high-handed, authorit