I Have been to Hell and Back
There are some exhibitions we just sit around waiting for, this is one of them. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard so many people speak so enthusiastic about an upcoming show before. I’m talking about Louise Bourgeois – I Have Been to Hell and Back curated by Iris Müller-Westermann at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Iris (who also curated the extremely popular Hilma af Klint exhibition) has been working with the show for two years, and she tells me she got all of the pieces she wanted. The great Maman was transported from NYC, the 8 legs were dismantled and put in an open boat to Sweden and is now assembled to it’s order and gating the museum entrance.
The exhibition consists of over 100 pieces including 47 sculptures, one cell, one painting and 54 pieces on paper and textile. There are 9 rooms, divided by architectural spider leg walls that separates the pieces into themes. Over a third of the artwork has never been shown before, which makes I Have Been to Hell and Back mandatory for any Bourgeois fans. The show opened this Saturday and will continue until the 17th of May. I deeply, deeply do recommend it.