Louise Bourgeois exhibition comes to London

A major new exhibition of the works of artist Louise Bourgeois comes to London in March.

Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed will open at the Freud Museum on Thursday March 8th until May 27th.

The exhibition, which may be of interest to guests staying at central London hotels, will feature a wide range of original documents from the artist’s recently discovered psychoanalytical writings, as well as her intriguing sculptures and drawings.

Two boxes of her artist’s writings were discovered by her long-time assistant Jerry Gorovoy at the beginning of 2004 and two found in early 2010.

The findings constitute an archive of more than 1,000 loose sheets of paper recording her reactions to her psychoanalytic treatment from 1951.

Appropriately held in the final home of the famed father of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and his daughter Anna, the exhibition aims to explore Bourgeois’ complex and at times ambivalent relationship with psychoanalytical theory and practice.

Curated by Philip Larratt-Smith, the exhibition also aims to explore fundamental and existential issues such as the relationship between art and life and the ways in which art can be therapeutic.

“The discovery of the psychoanalytic writings has enriched and augmented our understanding of Bourgeois’s work and life immeasurably,” Mr Larratt-Smith said.

“They represent a distinct contribution to art history as well as to the field of psychoanalysis.”
Highlights of the exhibition include The Dangerous Obsession (2003), the woven fabric text I Am Afraid (2009), and drawings and four gouache on paper pieces from the 2007 series The Feeding.

Exhibition goers will also have the opportunity to see what some commentators have termed Bourgeois’ most significant work of all, Janus Fleuri, which was produced in 1968.

Born in Paris is 1911, Louise Bourgeois lived and worked in the United States until her death in 2010.

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