Hans Bellmer - Louise Bourgeois
Gemeente Museum Den Haag
December 17, 2010
Exhibition DOUBLE SEXUS - Although Hans Bellmer (1902-1975) and Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) were both in touch with the Surrealists in the 1930s, the two artists never met. Despite this, their work displays striking similarities. In both cases, the human body plays a major role. Bodies are deformed, limbs are missing or duplicated, and male and female characteristics are melded together to produce androgynous beings. In Double Sexus the oeuvres of Bellmer and Bourgeois are brought together for the first time ever in an intriguing dialogue. Shared themes like female fantasies, male angst, sexual ambiguity and the search for personal identity correspond to the concerns of todays world, where the emancipation of women has undermined the traditional gender roles of both sexes.