moscow: louise bourgeois

© garage museum of contemporary art / photography: egor slizyak

sculptor louise bourgeois [1911-2010] is without doubt one of the most influential artists of modern times. originally from paris, bourgeois relocated to new york city in the late 1940s, and it was here where her artistic career, after a rather slow start, began to take off. in the early 1990s, when the french-american artist had already gained a certain recognition, she created the cells series, a body of large-scale sculptures that would define here as an artist. currently held at moscow's newly opened garage museum of contemporary art is a retrospective of bourgeois' work, anchored by the aforementioned sculptures.

entitled louise bourgeois. structures of existence - the cells, this first comprehensive presentation of the artist's work in the russian capital also displays her early sculptures, paintings, and drawings that led to the development of the cells series. coinciding with the show, the museum presents two large-scale sculptures: the towering bronze spider maman [1999] on the expansive square in front of the building, and the equally imposing has the day invaded the night or has the night invaded the day? [2007]. this must-see showcase is organized in collab with haus der kunst in munich, and is part of a special program of this year's edition of the moscow biennial of contemporary art [on through feb 7]. location: gorkiy park, ulitsa krimskiy val 9/32 [yakimanka].

© garage museum of contemporary art / photography: egor slizyak