Tate have today announced that the first exhibition to take place in its new gallery at Tate Modern will focus on the work of Louise Bourgeois, when it opens on the 17th June. 


Tate Modern. Image (c) Tate Photography. 

As one of the highlight exhibitions taking place at the new Tate Modern, it is fitting that the American-French artist is the first to be displayed in this new gallery as it was Bourgeois’s celebrated installation I Do, I Undo, I Redo that was the first commission for The Unilever Series in the Turbine Hall when the gallery opened in 2000.

Considered to be one of the great figures of modern and contemporary art, Louise Bourgeois had a Tate retrospective at the gallery in 2007 and this latest display of her work will concentrate on her late work.

This new exhibition of work will feature a group of works from the Artist Rooms collection such as Couple I (1996) , Cell XIV (Portrait) 2000 and Eyes (2001-2005). It will also feature a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ devoted to Bourgeois’ small sculptures and maquettes.

In a career that spanned across 70 years, Bourgeois created an astonishing amount of sculptures, installations, paintings, drawings and prints that showed unique imagination.

Her works included in the Artist Rooms collection include sculptures, works on paper as well as fabric pieces and show how the artist worked using both modern and traditional methods as well as using diverse materials such as bronze, marble and fabric.

Taking place in the first dedicated space to the collection, this new gallery will present exhibitions based on work by the 40 artists included in the Artist Rooms.

Artist Rooms: Louise Bourgeois will be on display at Tate Modern from the 17th June for a year. 


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