Museo Guggenheim Bilbao
Louise Bourgeois
1999 (instalada en 2001)

Over a career that spans more than six decades, Louise Bourgeois (Paris, 1911) has created a rich and ever-evolving body of work that oscillates between abstraction and the visceral representation of states of mind. The elegant bronze sculpture “Maman” (1999) is part of her recent spider series, and is installed behind the Museum.

“Maman” addresses the duality of maternity: the spider uses its silk to both spin cocoons and catch prey. Bourgeois explores the complexity of the human mind, publicly exorcising her emotional demons and poetically re-creating childhood associations in the form of a gigantic insect.