Bourgeois See

This new resolution of seeing the shows we tell you about is working really really well for me. I announced on Sunday morning that I 'had' to go to Heide Museum of Modern Art to see the Louise Bourgeois exhibition. What an art indulgence! Heide has that seductive quality of combining art, architecture and nature that can make me feel better almost instantly.

Of course Bourgeois is one of the most important 20th century artists but of course for me it is always the craft in her work that draws me in. Her family were tapestry makers and restorers so she was brought up with a respect for the needle and constantly refers to handiwork in her art. It is so important that all textile artists, be you professional or domestic go and see this show if you can. The work is strange, deeply personal, sometimes grotesque and often beautiful.

There is also a marvelous adjunct show of Australian artists influenced by Bourgeois in Heide 2 which is well worth a snoop. Of course there is the requisite museum branding on mugs and tea towels and placemats if that floats your boat too. Her work is so deeply rooted in the ideas of home and domesticity I don't think she would mind!
If you'd like to know more about this encredible artist before seeing the show (recommended as it is a great story) this eloquent obituary that appeared in the Guardian is the perfect primer.

Show runs til March 11
If you want to eat breakfast or lunch at Cafe Vue the BOOK! The queue was insane.
Ph 9852 2346


librarygirl said...

excellent! another textile show for my girl and I to see. might go today and drag the younger brother and we can do a healthy walk also x

Ramona said...

Library Girl your daughter will love it! I'm still thinking about it so I'll be interested to hear what you think.

Saskia said...

LOVE your new blog design.
Haven't visited Heide for ages, but this exhibition has piqued my interest. Good to read a personal review. Will def check it out, hopefully this weekend.