Maman by Louise Bourgeois

Power of placement

This giant spider sculpture sits in Qatar’s National Convention Centre – an unexpected home that makes it all the more striking. It stops visitors in their tracks, allowing them to encounter art in an everyday setting.

Through marble, bronze and stainless steel, Bourgeois reveals the beauty in an initially intimidating object.

Bourgeois captures a fragile moment, where a protective mother carries her eggs. She explores the meaning of motherhood and alludes to the strength of her own mother, whom she lost at the age of twenty-one.

Her mother repaired tapestries in her father's textile workshop, so the metaphors of spinning and weaving are striking. The sculpture draws onlookers in, connecting them to personal memories around the early stages of life.

 

The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. Spiders are friendly presences that are helpful and protective, just like my mother.
Louise Bourgeois
Sculptor Louise Bourgeois
Child looking up to MAMAN sculpture by Louise Bourgeois in Qatar National Convention Centre

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