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Louise Bourgeois's Sculptures Take Over The Rijksmuseum's Gardens

Crown Fine Art installed twelve sculptures at The Rjksmuseum Gardens which includes the famous, enormous spiders and other unsettling metal forms. Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) is one of the most renowned woman artists of the 20th century and the exhibition pays homage to her legacy spanning over half a century – from The Blind Leading the Blind in the late 1940s to Crouching Spider in 2003.


Louise Bourgeois Sculpture Garden exhibition is currently showing at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The selection of sculptures has a retrospective undertone, exhibiting a selection of Bourgeois’s works. It features the iconic spiders, large-scale eyes, and aluminium spirals in a majestic wingnut tree made from the 1940s until 2003, many of them on view in the Netherlands for the very first time.

All of those sculptures reflect not only Bourgeois’s masterful skills in craftsmanship, but also raw explorations of her personal experiences. Her sculptures narrate recurring themes from her life and work such as motherhood, childhood, fear, youth, the human body.

Her monumental works such as The Spider (1996), Spider Couple (2003) and Crouching Spider (2003) play a tribute to the artist’s protective mother, whilst the aluminium sculptures of Untitled (2004) refers to her father’s habit of storing chairs by hanging them on roof beams in the attic of their home.

At the time of transporting and installing the sculptures at The Rijksmuseum Gardens, Ajax players and over 100,000 fans packed into Amsterdam’s Museumplein, celebrated their 34th league title. The Crown Fine Art team therefore made reasonable adjustments to ensure the installation was completed on time. 

Louise Bourgeois Sculpture Garden exhibition will be on display at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam until 3rd November 2019. 

Click here to discover how Crown Fine Art Netherlands moved The Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn's world-renowned painting and famous for its enormous size. 

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