March 26 - May 11, 2019
Hauser & Wirth is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong of works by renowned French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010). Opening on 26 March and on view through 11 May 2019, the exhibition is curated by Jerry Gorovoy, who worked closely with Bourgeois from the early 1980s until her death in 2010.
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On the occasion of Louise Bourgeois’s first exhibition in Hong Kong, Hauser & Wirth has organized a panel discussion featuring leading scholars and museum professionals to shed light on the various facets of her work. Moderated by Shanghai-based critic Shen Qilan, the panel will include the art historian and writer Briony Fer; Jerry Gorovoy, who worked as the artist’s assistant from 1980 to 2010 and is now President of the Foundation that administers her legacy; Philip Larratt-Smith, curator of the current exhibition tour “The Eternal Thread” at the Long Museum, Shanghai and the Song Art Museum, Beijing; Wang Duan, Artistic Director of the Song Art Museum; and Wang Wei, Director of the Long Museum. The range of voices brought together here will offer distinct and complementary perspectives on the art and life of one of the great artists of the 20th and 21st century. Panelists: Briony Fer, Professor of History of Art, University College London Jerry Gorovoy, President of The Easton Foundation Philip Larratt-Smith, Curator of Louise Bourgeois’s ‘The Eternal Thread’ at Long Museum and Song Art Museum Wang Duan, Artistic Director of Song Art Museum Wang Wei, Director of Long Museum Moderator: Shen Qilan, Curator and art critic English & Chinese simultaneous translation onsite.
Join us for the opening reception of the first solo exhibition in Hong Kong of works by renowned French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911 – 2010). The exhibition is curated by Jerry Gorovoy, who worked closely with Bourgeois from the early 1980s until her death in 2010.
Fri 29 Mar 2019 5 – 7 pm
Hauser & Wirth and The Upper House co-present: Cinematic Nights, a screening of ‘Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine’ (2008).
‘It is not the image I am seeking. It’s not an idea. It is an emotion you want to recreate, an emotion of wanting, of giving, and of destruction.’ — Louise Bourgeois Introducing Louise Bourgeois’s vivid works to a Hong Kong audience, Hauser & Wirth collaborates with the House of Hong Kong Literature for ‘Reading Workshop: A Walk in Louise Bourgeois’s Dreams’. Local English poets Nicholas Wong and Belle Ling together with artist Milo Tse, will recite the deeply personal writings of Bourgeois, accompanied by sound artist Alex Yiu. Participants will be immersed in Bourgeois’s dreamlike reality.
Thu 9 May 2019 7 – 9 pm
Screening of ‘Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine’ (2008).
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 20th 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.