Maman of Louise Bourgeois

Maman of Louise Bourgeois


            Maman is the name given to this gigantic statue of a spider of the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois. It consists of a huge spider in bronze, stainless steel and marble, of twenty-two tons and ten meters. The sac contains marble eggs. The sculpture alludes to the strength of her mother, with metaphors of tissues, nutrition and protection. She said:

“The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.”


The primary defining features of sculptural art in the XX century were the loss of the figurative condition and, through the wide range of options opened by successive avant-garde, the approach to the concept of artwork of any three-dimensional object, conveniently subjected to action or interpretation of the creator.
The term Modern Art is used to define the art of the XX century. Not to be confused with the modernist art (of the Modernism movement).


            In conclusion, honestly, to me the Modern Art not really catches my attention (except paint), and the more contemporary, even less. However, I have to say that this spider is an impressive artwork, it caught my attention when I found it.
            There are many replicas. The most known is the one of the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, in País Vasco, Spain, although there are too in other places like Buenos Aires (Argentina) or Hamburg (Germany).

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