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LOUISE BOURGEOIS | MAMAN

ΝΕΟΝ + Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre | 31 March – 6 November 2022

31/03/2022 - 06/11/2022

Louise Bourgeois, Maman (1999) | Installation View | SNFCC, Athens, Greece, 2022 | Photograph: Nikos Karanikolas © The Easton Foundation
Louise Bourgeois, Maman (1999) | Installation View | SNFCC, Athens, Greece, 2022 | Photograph: Natalia Tsoukala © The Easton Foundation
Louise Bourgeois, Maman (1999) | Installation View | SNFCC, Athens, Greece, 2022 | Photograph: Nikos Karanikolas © The Easton Foundation

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LOUISE BOURGEOIS | MAMAN

31/03/2022 - 06/11/2022

The Esplanade, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Contemporary Art Installation

A collaboration between NEON and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

 

Free Entrance

OPENING HOURS

Daily (Mon. – Sun.)

OPENING EVENT

30 March 2022 | 6pm


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Louise Bourgeois’s monumental sculpture Maman (1999) is brought to the Greek public by NEON and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), collaborating for the first time. This iconic giant spider — one of the works that made the artist internationally famous — will be on display at SNFCC’s Esplanade for a seven-month period, with free entry to the public.

The SNFCC’s participation in the Maman installation is made possible by a recent grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) for
the SNFCC’s 2022 operations and programming.

Through her art, Louise Bourgeois expressed her innermost thoughts and fears, worked through problems, and gave form to her emotions. In prints, drawings, textiles, installation, and, most famously, sculpture, Bourgeois explored themes of guilt, fear, memory, motherhood, and love. Bourgeois’s art was informed by her life, particularly her childhood years. She first made drawings of spiders in the late 1940s, and nearly 50 years later created the giant three-dimensional spiders for which she has become well-known.

Maman, standing at over 10 metres tall, was created for the Tate Modern’s first Turbine Hall commission in 2000, and was subsequently cast in an edition of bronze, stainless steel, and marble. Bourgeois stated that the work was symbolic of her mother, a weaver and tapestry restorer. With twenty eggs in its abdomen, the sculpture embodies ideas of maternal protection. However, the artist’s relationship to motherhood was ambiguous, contradictory, and complex. Dominating its surroundings and teetering on rangy, segmented legs, Maman also evokes fear and suggests entrapment.

The Esplanade, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

364 Syggrou Avenue

176 74, Kallithea


The Esplanade, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center 

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Leoforos Andrea Siggrou, Kallithea, Greece

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