Louise Bourgeois: Human Nature: Doing, Undoing and Redoing


Kistefos Museum

21 May – 8 October 2017



The exhibition Human Nature: Doing, Undoing and Redoing by world-renowned French artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), is this year’s exhibition at the Norwegian Kistefos Museum.


The exhibition provides an exceptional insight into one of the 20th century's most significant and influential artists. Louise Bourgeois’ lifelong studies of the human nature, and examines conditions that most of us recognize and experience throughout our lives


Growth, amputation and regrowth are fundamental human conditions, inherent in our relationships with others, and part of our internal processes and emotions. Experiencing damage, both emotional and physical, and then having to repair and regrow, is a fundamental condition of our human lives.  We experience hardship and destruction, and we grow stronger in order to move forward and survive.


In nature, we experience a similar circle of life as the repetitive force that turns damage and decay into rebirth and renewed life. In the exhibition nature and the human body become intertwined and they both reinforce each other, and become images of similar traits and conditions.





Located in Jevnaker, Norway, Kistefos Museum (Kistefos-Museet) comprises of three exhibition spaces on the site of a disused mill. Founded in 1996, the site features an Industrial Museum, an Art Hall and a Sculpture Park. The Art Hall collaborates with a wide range of artists, institutions and galleries to hold exhibitions of both national and international art, and in recent years has produced exhibitions with some of today's most renowned artists.


Alongside its permanent sculpture collection including works by Olafur Eliasson, Tony Cragg, Shintaro Miyake, John Gerrard, Anish Kapoor and others, the museum also organizes a seasonal exhibition of contemporary art.

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