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The Contemporary Museum and the Walters Art Museum join forces to bring the art of Louise Bourgeois—one of today’s most important and influential female artists—to Baltimore.

At the Contemporary Museum, the Louise Lounge features Topiary: The Art of Improving Nature, a series of nine copperplate etchings from Louise Bourgeois’ private collection, that have never been on view in the United States. Images of trees transforming into bodies, the portfolio draws parallels between missing limbs and crutches, and the dismemberment and improvement of the body. Topiary IV, a six foot sculpture related to the portfolio of etchings, will also be on display.

To gain greater insight into the mind, life, and work of Louise Bourgeois, visitors to the Contemporary Museum will view Bridget Cornand’s acclaimed 2003 documentary C’est le murmure de l ’eau qui chante. The film tracks a Bourgeois work from the original drawing to the final sculpture, and depicts the artist’s studio, apartment, assistants, family and friends in an intimate portrait of this influential artist’s life.

A resource library containing books, articles, and short video will also be available for visitors to explore Bourgeois, her artistic process, and her work. Louise Bourgeois: Femme was conceived by the Contemporary Museum and is a collaboration with the Walters Art Museum. It is sponsored by: Stanley Mazaroff, The Wieler Family Foundation and Goya Contemporary & Goya-Girl Press. Contributing Sponsors are: Sandra D. Hess, Ziger/Snead Architects and Charles Brickbauer, Clair Zamoiski Segal and Thomas H. Segal, Sherry and Stuart Christhilf, Erin and Rheda Becker and Connie Caplan. Additional Support has been provided by: Mrs. Bodil Ottesen, The Cordish Family Fund, Laura L. Freedlander and Gwen Davidson.

Exhibition Curator: Thom Collins


Louise Bourgeois: Femme
Kurator: Thom Collins