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Louise Bourgeois
(French-American, 1911-2010)
 
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1911
Born in Paris, France

1938
Moved to New York


EDUCATION
1921-1932
Academie Fenelon

1932-35
Sorbonne, Paris

1936-37
Ecole du Louvre


1936-38
Ecole des Beaux-Arts

1936-37
Atelier Bissiere

1937-38
Academie de la Grande Chaumiere

1938
Fernand Leger

1939-40
Vaclav Vytlacil

1938
Louise Bourgeois moves to New York City.

1955
On October 4th, Louise Bourgeois becomes an American citizen.


SELECTED INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS
1982-83
Museum of Modern Art, New York, "Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective".
Travelled to Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH

1987-89
The Taft Museum, "Louise Bourgeois", Cincinnati, OH.
Travelled to The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin,
TX; Gallery of Art, Washington University, St. Louis, MO; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

1989-91
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, West Germany, "Louise Bourgeois: A Retrospective Exhibition". Travelled to Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, West Germany;
Musée d'art Contemporain, Lyon; Fondacion Tapies, Barcelona, Spain; Kunstmuseum, Berne, Switzerland; Kröller-Muller-Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

1993-96
American Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Italy. An expanded exhibition "The Locus of Memory", travelled to The Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal

1994-95
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Print Retrospective. Travelled to the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Musée du Dessin et de l'Estampe Originale, Gravelines, France; The Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, England; Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht

1995
Musée National d'art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Drawings Retrospective. Travelled to Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland

1997-98
Yokohama Museum, Tokyo “Louise Bourgeois”
The Arts Club of Chicago, IL “Louise Bourgeois”

1998
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, “Sacred and Fatal: The Art of Louise Bourgeois”
Musee d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, “Louise Bourgeois”.
Travelled to Foundation Belem, Lisbon, Portugal; Kunsthalle Malmo, Malmo, Sweden; Serpentine Gallery, London
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York "Topiary"

1999-2000
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte - Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, “Louise Bourgeois: Architecture and Memory” (11/16/99-2/14/00)

2000
Tate Modern, London, England "Louise Bourgeois: Inaugural Installation of the Tate Modern Art at Turbine Hall" (5/12/00-11/26/00)
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyungki-do, Korea “Louise Bourgeois: The Space of Memory” (9/7/00-11/5/00)
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France, installation of The Welcoming Hands by Louise Bourgeois (inauguration of permanent installation 6/29/00)

2001
Tate Modern, London “Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings” (12/00-5/01)
Rockefeller Center, New York, NY "Louise Bourgeois: Spiders” (6/21/01-9/4/01), organized in association with the Public Art Fund.

2001-2002
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
“Louise Bourgeois at the Hermitage” (10/9/01-1/13/02); travels to Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland (2/02-5/02); Kulturhuset,
Stockholm (6/02-8/02); Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway (9/02-12/02)
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain “Louise Bourgeois” (10/2/01-2/28/02)
Cheim & Read, New York, NY “Louise Bourgeois: New Work” (11/20/01-1/5/02)

2002
Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain “Louise Bourgeois” (1/17/02-3/2/02)
Galerie Karsten Greve, Milan “Louise Bourgeois” (2/31/02-3/30/02)
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
“Louise Bourgeois: The Early Work” (5/1/02-8/4/02). Traveled to Madison Art Center, Madison, WI (9/15/02-11/17/02); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (12/13/02-2/2/03)
Kukje Gallery, Soeul, Korea “Louise Bourgeois” (5/17/02-6/15/02)
Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland “Louise Bourgeois: Works In Marble” (5/24/02-7/27/02)
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria “Louise Bourgeois: Drawings and Sculpture” (7/5/02-9/15/02)
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris “Louise Bourgeois: Recent Work” (9/26/02-11/16/02)

2002-2003
Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France “Louise Bourgeois: Le Jour La Nuit Le Jour” (sound installation: 10/7/02-12/8/02 / film installation: 10/7/02-1/12/03 / salon: 10/7/02-4/6/03)
Beaumontpublic, Luxembourg “Louise Bourgeois: Recent
Sculptures and Drawings” (10/18/02-1/18/03)

2003
Zacheta Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland “Louise Bourgeois: Geometry of Desire” (1/10/03-2/9/03)
White Cube, London, England “Louise Bourgeois” (2/4/03-3/1/03)
Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels, Belgium “Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Drawings and Recent Sculptures” (3/27/03-6/1/03)
Galerie Karsten Greve, Koln, Germany “Louise Bourgeois” (4/25/03-7/25/03)
Shiraishi Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan “Spiders: Louise Bourgeois” (5/13/03-6/7/03)
Akademie der Künste, Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany “Louise Bourgeois: Intimate Abstractions” (6/1/03-7/27/03)
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY “Louise Bourgeois: The Insomnia Drawings” (6/14/03-9/21/03)

2003-2004
Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna, Austria “A View From the Outside, Louise Bourgeois: The Reticent Child” (11/25/03-2/29/04)
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland “Louise Bourgeois” (11/26/03-2/22/04)

2004
Daros Collection, Zurich, Switzerland “Louise Bourgeois” (3/12/04-9/12/04)
Akira Ikeda Gallery Muranchi, Yokosuka, Japan "Louise Bourgeois" (4/3/04-6/16/04)
St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO "Drawings by Louise Bourgeois" (3/23/04-6/20/04)
Cheim & Read, New York, NY “Louise Bourgeois: The Reticent Child” (10/21/04-12/31/04)
Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France “Louise Bourgeois: Prints” (11/20/04-2/12/05)

2005
Galerie Hauser & Wirth, London, England “Louise Bourgeois: Sublimation” (1/28/05-3/12/05)
Wilfredo Lam Center, Havana, Cuba “Louise Bourgeois: One and Others” (2/9/05-4/26/05)

2005-2006
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria “Louise Bourgeois: Back and Forth” (11/24/05-1/16/06)

2006
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD “Louise Bourgeois: Femme” (2/11/06-5/21/06)
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany “Louise Bourgeois: La Famille (3/12/06-6/5/06)
Peter Blum, New York, NY “Louise Bourgeois: Early Drawings” (9/5/06-11/4/06)
Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny, Ireland “Louise Bourgeois: Selected Prints on Fabric” (10/1/06-11/12/06)
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA “Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child” (10/21/06-2/25/07)

2007
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea “Louise Bourgeois” (4/19/07-5/07)
Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY “Louise Bourgeois” (5/07-10/07)

2007-2008
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA “Bourgeois in Boston” (3/2/07-3/2/08)
Tate Modern, London, England “Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective”(10/10/07-1/20/08). Traveled to the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (3/5/08-6/2/08); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York,
NY (6/27/08-9/28/08); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (10/25/08-1/25/09); Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2/28/09-6/7/09)
Hauser & Wirth Colnaghi, London "Louise Bourgeois: New Work" (10/9/07-11/17/07)
Marlborough Graphics, London “Louise Bourgeois: Recent Prints” (10/9/07-11/3/07)
San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA "Louise Bourgeois: Crouching Spider", installed on Pier 14 at Embarcadero & Mission Street (11/07-long term loan)

2008
Inverleith House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland “Nature Study” (5/3/08-7/6/08)
Galerie Hauser & Wirth, Zurich, Switzerland "Louise Bourgeois: La Rivière Gentille" (6/1/08-7/26/08)
Cheim & Read, New York, NY “Louise Bourgeois: Echo” (9/9/08-10/18/08)

2008-2009
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy “Louise Bourgeois for Capodimonte” (10/17/08-1/25/09)

2009
Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany "Louise Bourgeois: A Stretch of Time" (9/4/09-11/25/09)

2010
Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea "Louise Bourgeois: Les Fleurs" (2/24/10-3/31/10)
Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany “Hans Bellmer – Louise Bourgeois: Double Sexus” (4/24/10-8/15/10) ). Traveled to the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (9//11/10-11/10).

2010-2011
Maison de Balzac, Paris, France “Louise Bourgeois: Eugénie Grandet” (11/2/10-2/7/11)
Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina “Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed” (3/11-early 6/11). Travelling to the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo, Brazil (late 6/11-8/11); the Museu do Arte Moderno, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (9/11-11/11)

2011-2012
Foundation Beyeler, Riehen / Basel, Switzerland “Louise Bourgeois:À L’Infini” (10/21/11-1/29/12)


AWARDS
1973
Artist Grant, National Endowment for the Arts

1977
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University, New Haven, CT

1978
G.S.A. Commission, Manchester, NH

1980
Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Visual Arts from Women’s Caucus for Art

1981
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Elected Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston, MA

1983
Elected Member of American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
Named Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by Jack Lang, French Minister of Culture

1984
President’s Fellows Award, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree, Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD
President’s Fellows Award, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1985
Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

1987
Honorary Doctorate, The New School, New York
Gold Medal of Honor for Excellence in Art, National Arts Club, New York
Named Fellow for Life at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

1989
Creative Arts Award Medal for Sculpture, Brandeis University
“Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement”, College Art Association
“Neptune Award for the Arts”, Snug Harbor, Staten Island, NY

1990
MacDowell Medalist, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
The Sculpture Center, New York, “The Sculpture Center Award for Distinction in Sculpture 1990”

1991
Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center, Washington D.C. (first recipient)
Awarded the Grand Prix National de Sculpture by the French Ministry of Culture

1993
Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts (DFA) by Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
Mayor’s Awards for Art & Culture, New York City
Maison Francaise, New York University

1994
NORD/LB art prize 1992

1995
The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo and The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kanagawa-ken, Japan, 1995 Biennial Award and Purchase prize for ARCH OF HYSTERIAHonorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1996
First Annual Urban Glass Award for Innovative Use of Glass by a Non-Glass Artist

1997
National Medal of Arts presented by President Clinton at the White House

1998
Academician of the National Academy, New York, Sculpture Class Citation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design

1998
Recipient of the Wexner Prize, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University Awarded the Golden Lion, for a living master of contemporary art, by La Biennale di Venezia.

1999
Praemium Imperiale Award in the sculpture category from the Japan Art Association.

2000
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Boston Honorary Member, Akademie Der Bildenden Kunste Wien

2001
Honoree, ArtWalk, Coalition for the Homeless, New York

2003
2002/3 Wolf Prize in the Arts (Painting and Sculpture), Wolf Foundation,Israel
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

2005
Medal of Honor, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, New York

2006
National Organization For Women, Washington D.C. “The 2006 Intrepid Award”

2007
The United Nations and Women Together, New York, The "Woman Award"

2008
French Legion of Honor medal presented by President Sarkozy to LouiseBourgeois at artist’s Chelsea home on 9/21/08.
Aragon-Goya Award, Goya Foundation, Aragon Government, Zaragoza, Spain

2009
Inducted into National Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls, New York
   
 
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