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Louise Bourgeois

Geburtstag: 25. Dezember 1911
Todesdatum: 31. Mai 2010

Louise Joséphine Bourgeois war eine zeitgenössische französisch-US-amerikanische Bildhauerin, die sich unter anderem sehr früh mit Installationen auseinandersetzte. Sie lebte und arbeitete seit 1938 in New York City.

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„Ich bin eine einsame Läuferin. Aber eine Langstreckenläuferin.“ anlässlich ihrer Ausstellung 2005 in der Kunsthalle Wien, zitiert u. a. auf Nachruf in südtirol online und im Standard

„To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence.“


„It is not so much where my motivation comes from but rather how it manages to survive.“

„An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.“ Destruction of the Father/Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997

„The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.“

„The colour blue - that is my colour - and the colour blue means you have left the drabness of day-to-day reality to be transported into - not a world of fantasy, it’s not a world of fantasy - but a world of freedom where you can say what you like and what you don’t like. This has been expressed forever by the colour blue, which is really sky blue.“ Louise Bourgeois: Drawings and Observations

„I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands...“

„You learn for yourself not for others, not to show off, not to put the other one down/ learning is your secret, it is all you have, it is the only thing you can call your own. nobody can take it away…“ Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed/Psychoanalytic Writings


„there are many realities“

„My knives are like a tongue - I love, I do not love, I hate. If you don’t love me, I am ready to attack. I am a double-edged knife.“

„He was the wolf, and she was the rational hare, forgiving and accepting him as he was.“

„And what’s the use of talking, if you already know that others don’t feel what you feel?“