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Louise Bourgeois' "Maman", Bürkliplatz, Zürich

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Uploaded on Jul 14, 2011

"Maman" on tour

The both fascinating and threatening monumental bronze sculpture of a spider titled Maman, or Mother (927.1 x 891.5 x 1023.6 cm) is key work for the understanding of Bourgeois's art. On the one hand, it represents an homage to her mother, who was employed as a restorer of tapestries in Paris, and hence, much like a spider, incessantly renewed woven fabric. On the other hand, in Bourgeois's eyes the spider was a universal symbol for the unending story of life, whose principle is continual renewal. This is just as comforting as it is threatening, for there is no way to escape this eternal cycle. Thus Bourgeois's Maman represents a magnificent monument to the existence of change.
After compelling presentations at the Tate Modern London in (2000/2007) and the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris in (2007-08), at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (since 2001) and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (2001), Maman will be on view for the first time in Switzerland. The installation of the gigantic sculpture alone is impressive, and at every site where it was shown it proved to be highly popular, attracting crowds of viewers.

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