2016 Louise Bourgeois
2016 Louise Bourgeois
  • Dates: March 18 – September 4, 2016
  • Exhibition organized by Haus der Kunst, Munich, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • Curators: Julienne Lorz and Petra Joos
  • Sponsored by Fundación BBVA


  • Louise Bourgeois 2016Occupying a space somewhere between a museal panorama, a theater set, an environment or installation, the Cells deal with memory and emotion, pain and anxiety, and, in particular, the fear of abandonment.
  • In these unique architectural spaces, the artist composed found objects, garments, furniture, and distinctive sculptures into emotionally charged theatrical sets.
  • For Bourgeois, the word “cell” had several connotations, referring to both the isolation of a prison or monastic cell and the biological cell of a living organism. 

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is pleased to present Louise Bourgeois: Structures of Existence: The Cells, an ample selection of the innovative, sophisticated sculptural works developed by Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010) over the course of two decades. In this exhibition, organized by Haus der Kunst, Munich, in collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, visitors will be able to discover and experience 28 emotionally charged architectural spaces, each an individual microcosm separating the internal from the external world, by one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. The exhibition in Bilbao is made possible by the remarkable sponsorship of Fundación BBVA. 

Louise Bourgeois’s concepts and formal inventions, such as her engagement with psychoanalysis and feminism, and her use of environmental installation and theatrical formats, have since become key positions in contemporary art. A prime example of this is the Cells, a series comprising approximately 60 unique pieces that Louise Bourgeois began in 1986 with Articulated Lair.