Jenny Holzer (b. 1950), one of the most important contemporary artists of her generation, is curating an exhibition on the work of Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Bourgeois is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Holzer is internationally known for her exploratory and subversive approach to language in public through the use of unconventional forms: from street signs and T-shirts to projections and LEDs. Marked by a strong interest in psychology, Bourgeois' work explores human emotions: love, desire, dependence, sexuality, rejection, jealousy and abandonment. Through this unprecedented encounter between two extraordinary figures in American art, the Kunstmuseum Basel presents Bourgeois' work from Holzer's point of view.
Holzer approaches Bourgeois' art through Bourgeois' extensive writing: Bourgeois's vast archive ranges from decades of diaries and correspondence to several hundred psychoanalytic texts. She also frequently used the written word in her art. Works from all of Bourgeois' creative phases have been selected for the exhibition - sculptures, installations, paintings, drawings, prints, and texts - which will be exhibited thematically grouped in the halls of the new building.
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