Current Exhibition

In accordance with recent government guidance, the gallery is temporarily closed until 28 February.

In the meantime, please feel free to explore the online version of The Heart Has Its Reasons by clicking here.

 
 
An image of the artwork Eyes by Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

The Heart Has Its Reasons
Hauser & Wirth
19 December 2020 – 3 February 2021

 

An image of the artwork Eyes by Louise Bourgeois

In accordance with recent government guidance, the gallery is temporarily closed until 28 February.

In the meantime, please feel free to explore the online version of The Heart Has Its Reasons by clicking here

Would it be absurd to
say that strength (the one I
work so much on acquiring) is the competence of the heart

– Louise Bourgeois, loose sheet, c. 1955

This winter, Hauser & Wirth brings the work of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century, Louise Bourgeois, to the Swiss Alps.

Available to experience at Tarmak22 and online, the exhibition takes its title from Blaise Pascal’s well-known phrase: ‘the heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing.’

Bourgeois studied mathematics and philosophy at the Sorbonne, Paris, and wrote her thesis on Pascal; but the death of her mother in 1932 eventually led her to abandon these studies and turn to art making. Yet she remained a Pascalian, so to speak, in her belief that there is something in our emotional and psychological experience of the Other that eludes, or transcends, rational explanation. For Bourgeois, this relationship to the Other is a complex arrangement, and a world in itself.

 

About the artist

Louise Bourgeois in 1978.
Photo: Carollee Pelos / Art
© The Easton Foundation / 2020, ProLitteris, Zurich

Born in France in 1911, and working in America from 1938 until her death in 2010, Louise Bourgeois is recognized as one of the most important and influential artists of the twentieth century.

For over seven decades, Bourgeois’s creative process was fueled by an introspective reality, often rooted in cathartic re-visitations of early childhood trauma and frank examinations of female sexuality.

Articulated by recurrent motifs (including body parts, houses and spiders), personal symbolism and psychological release, the conceptual and stylistic complexity of Bourgeois’s oeuvre – employing a variety of genres, media and materials – plays upon the powers of association, memory, fantasy, and fear.

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Presented by
The Alex Hank Collection

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Selected Works
From The Alex Hank Collection

Selected Works From The Alex Hank Collection