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Louise Bourgeois & Pablo Picasso: Anatomies of Desire

Coupling the works of Louise Bourgeois and Pablo Picasso—at first glance, an unlikely pair—results in a thought-provoking discourse on the artists’ formal and iconographic links. Inspired by archaic and primitive sources, both Bourgeois and Picasso continually explored and developed interpretations of fertility and mother deities; late in life, both artists focused on eroticism, sexuality, and intimacy. In summer 2019, objects from these pivotal twentieth-century artists will be presented at Hauser & Wirth Zürich, marking the first two-person show in which a female sculptor’s works are put into an extended dialogue with those of Picasso. The publication of ‘Louise Bourgeois & Pablo Picasso’ builds upon the complex conversation about gender this exhibition sparks, with texts by exhibition curator Marie-Laure Bernadac (former curator at the Louvre, Picasso Museum, and Centre Pompidou), Émilie Bouvard (art historian and curator), Ulf Küster (curator at the Fondation Beyeler), Gérard Wajcman (psychoanalyst and writer), and Diana Widmaier Picasso (art historian). 

Publication Details

  • Texts by Marie-Laure Bernadac, Émilie Bouvard, Ulf Küster, Gérard Wajcman, and Diana Widmaier Picasso
  • Introduction by Jerry Gorovoy
  • Edited by Marie-Laure Bernadac
  • Book design: Lena Mozer
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 245 x 325 mm
  • 256 pages
  • 978-3-906915-37-1
  • £45 / $55 / €50