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Possibly not an exhibition for arachnophobes

Leamington Editorial 26th Jun, 2024   0

A HUGE spider will form part of a major exhibition of work by Louise Bourgeois which opens at Compton Verney next week.

A household name for her huge, arachnoid sculptures, Bourgeois, who died in 2010, is one of the true titans of contemporary art.

This summer Compton Verney invites visitors to explore the versatile work of the influential French American artist.

Louise Bourgeois: Nature Study, running from July 6 to October 6, brings together a remarkable body of work from Artist Rooms, the national collection jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, alongside important loans from The Easton Foundation, New York, which have rarely been seen by UK audiences.




Spanning Bourgeois’ entire seven-decade long career, the exhibition features over 40 works – displayed across the galleries, collections, and landscape – in every medium she worked in.

It explores her interest in the cycles of life and nature. Other recurring themes include memory, metamorphosis, motherhood, human relationships, and emotional release.


The exhibition extends into the Capability Brown landscape, where one of her iconic bronze spiders has been sited in front of the Georgian manor house.

Visit www.comptonverney.org.uk for further details.

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