Sculpture ‘Maman’ by Louise Bourgeois at the SNFCC park


The monumental sculpture Maman (1999) by Louise Bourgeois is installed by Neon and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) and accessible to the Greek public.

The iconic giant spider – one of the works that made the artist internationally famous – will be exhibited on the Esplanade of the SNFCC for seven months, with free admission for the public.
Collaborating for the first time, the two institutions aim to bring contemporary art closer to everyone, while fulfilling their objectives of revitalizing public space and improving the daily lives of citizens. SNFCC’s participation in the Maman installation is made possible through a recent grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) for SNFCC’s 2022 operations and programming.

Through her art, Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) expressed her innermost thoughts and fears, solved problems and gave shape to her emotions. In prints, drawings, textiles, installations and, above all, sculpture, Bourgeois explored themes of guilt, fear, memory, motherhood and love. Bourgeois’ art was influenced by his life, especially his childhood years. She first drew spiders in the late 1940s, and nearly 50 years later created the giant three-dimensional spiders for which she became famous.

Maman, standing over 10 meters tall, was created for Tate Modern’s first Turbine Hall commission in 2000, and was later cast in an edition of bronze, stainless steel and marble.

Bourgeois said the work was symbolic of his mother, a weaver and tapestry restorer. With 10 eggs in its abdomen, the sculpture embodies the ideas of maternal protection. However, the artist’s relationship to motherhood is ambiguous, contradictory and complex. Dominating her surroundings and teetering on long, segmented legs, Maman also evokes fear and suggests entrapment.

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Although she had worked as a contemporary artist for seven decades, it was not until Bourgeois turned 71, when she was the first female sculptor to have a retrospective at MoMA (1982), that her work attracted attention. attention and recognition from the general public. Today, his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others. In 2022, an exhibition of his paintings will be presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

In order to promote access to the arts, the installation at the SNFCC will be accompanied by a rich parallel programming made possible by the grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which will include readings, educational and school programs, workshops for children and adults, and guided tours.

Info: Every day from March 30 to November 6, 2022, 6 a.m. to midnight Esplanade Free admission



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