600,000 - 800,000 GBP

Louise Bourgeois, The Architecture of Memory: Works from a Private Collection




600,000 - 800,000 GBP

Louise Bourgeois, The Architecture of Memory: Works from a Private Collection


1911 - 2010


stamped with the artist's initials and numbered 3/6

painted bronze 

100.3 by 57.2 by 57.2 cm. 39½ by 22½ by 22½ in.

Conceived in 1963 and cast in 1993, this work is number 3 from an edition of 6, plus 1 artist’s proof.

The artist

Cheim & Read, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005

N. Edgar, ‘Exhibition review: Stable Gallery’, ARTnews, Vol. 62, January 1964, p. 10, text

D. Robbins, ‘Sculpture by Louise Bourgeois’, Art International, Vol. 8, October 1964, pp. 30-31, illustrated (plaster version) 

J. Gorovoy, Louise Bourgeois, New York 1986, n.p., illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., Cincinnati, The Taft Museum (and travelling), Louise Bourgeois, 1987-89, n.p., illustrated (plaster version)

Exh. Cat., Hanover, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Louise Bourgeois: Skulpturen und Installationen, 1994, n.p., no. 26, illustrated

C. Flohic and D. Dobbels, ‘Louise Bourgeois’, Ninety, No. 15, 1994, p. 25, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

P. Gardner, Louise Bourgeois, New York 1994, p. 29, illustrated in colour (installation view at the artist’s studio, plaster version)

M. Bernadac, Louise Bourgeois, Sculpting Emotion, Paris 1995 and 2006, p. 71, illustrated (1995); and p. 96, illustrated in colour, p. 99, illustrated (installation view, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1982-83) (2006) (plaster version) 

R. Crone and P. G. Schaesberg, Louise Bourgeois: The Secret of the Cells, Munich 1998, 2008 and 2011, p. 88, illustrated (plaster version)

A. Jahn, Louise Bourgeois: Subversionen Des Körpers, Berlin 1999, p. 213, illustrated (plaster version)

J. Caux, Tissée, Tendue au Fil des Jours, La Toile de Louise Bourgeois, Paris 2003, p. 26, illustrated (plaster version)

M. Nixon, Fantastic Reality: Louise Bourgeois and a Story of Modern Art, Cambridge, Mass., 2005 and 2008, p. 175, illustrated (edition no. unknown) and p. 177, illustrated in detail (2005, plaster version); and p. 175, no. 5.5., illustrated (2008, edition no. unknown)

M. Wachtmeister, P. Amsellem, I. Lind, B. Nordal and G. Pollock, Louise Bougeois: Maman, Knislinge 2007, p. 54, illustrated (edition 1/6)

F. Nicoli, ‘Louise Bourgeois, homage to a career’, Biennale di Carrara, Agorà 2008, p. 85, illustrated (edition no. unknown) 

E. Speaks, ‘We bring our liars with us: Bodies and Domiciles in the Sculpture of Louise Bourgeois’, CAA Art Journal, Vol. 68, No. 3, Fall 2009, p. 91, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

A. Coxon, Louise Bourgeois, London 2010, pp. 40-41, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., Madrid, La Casa Encendida, Louise Bourgeois ‘Honni soit Qui mal y pense’, 2012-13, p. 15., no. 7, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

F. Nicoli, Giu Le Mani Dalla Modernita, Milan 2013, n.p., no. 9, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

R. Storr, Intimate Geometries, The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois, London 2016, p. 321, illustrated in colour (plaster version)

Exh. Cat. New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait, 2017-18, p. 20, illustrated in colour (plaster version)

Exh. Cat., Paris, Palais d'Iéna,

Suspension: A History of Abstract Hanging Sculpture, 1918-2018, 2018, p. 95, illustrated (edition no. unknown)

Exh. Cat., Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Louise Bourgeois at The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam 2019, n.p, illustrated (edition no. unknown) 

New York, Stable Gallery, Louise Bourgeois: Recent Sculpture, January 1964 (plaster version)

New York, St. Peter’s Protestant-Episcopal Church, The First Chelsea Art Festival, May 1964 (plaster version)

Paris, Musée Rodin, Les Etats-Unis: Sculpture du XX Siècle, April – May 1965 (plaster version)  

Paris, Musée Rodin, The 21st Annual Salon of Young Sculptors in Paris, May – June 1969 (plaster version)

New York, The Museum of Modern Art; Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum; Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art; and Akron, Akron Art Museum, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, November 1982 – January 1984, p. 69, no. 81, illustrated (edition no. unknown); and p. 71 illustrated (installation view, Louise Bourgeois: Recent Sculpture, Stable Gallery, New York, 1964, plaster version)

New York, Robert Miller Gallery, Surreal, May – June 1983 (plaster version)

Paris, Galerie Maeght-Lelong; and Zurich, Galerie Maeght-Lelong, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospektive 1947-1984, February – May 1985, n.p., text (edition 1/6)

London, Serpentine Gallery, Louise Bourgeois, May – June 1985 (edition no. unknown)

Bridgehampton, Dia Art Foundation, Louise Bourgeois: Works from the Sixties, May – June 1989 (edition 2/6)

Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein; Munich, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus; Lyon, Musée d’art Contemporain; Barcelona, Fundación Tàpies; Bern, Kunstmuseum; and Otterlo, Kröller-Müller Museum, Louise Bourgeois: A Retrospective Exhibition, December 1989 – July 1991, p. 90, no. 40, illustrated (Frankfurt and Barcelona); and p. 92, no. 40, illustrated (Lyon) (plaster version) 

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Masterpieces From the Guggenheim Collection, June – August 1992 (edition 2/6)

New York, The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Washington D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art; Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum; Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Hamburg, Deichtorhallen; and Montreal, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Louise Bourgeois: The Locus of Memory, April 1994 – September 1996, p. 94, illustrated (plaster version)

Monterrey, MARCO; Seville, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo; and Mexico City, Museum Rufino Tamayo, Louise Bourgeois, June 1995 – August 1996, p. 60, no. 34, illustrated (the present work)

Yokohama, Yakohama Museum of Art, Louise Bourgeois: Homesickness, November 1997 – January 1998, p. 69, no. 35, illustrated (the present work)

Palermo, Centro Internazionale Mostre, Palazzo Abatellis; and Naples, Museo di Castel Nuovo, Maschile / Femminile, May 1998 – March 1999 (edition 1/6) 

Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Louise Bourgeois: Memory and Architecture, November 1999 – February 2000, n.p., no. 30, and p. 25, illustrated (plaster version)

Kyungki-Do, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Louise Bourgeois: The Space of Memory, September – November 2000, pp. 126-7, plaster version illustrated (the present work)

Bilbao, Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Louise Bourgeois, October 2001 – April 2002 (edition 2/6)

Bregenz, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Louise Bourgeois: Drawings and Sculpture, July – September 2002, p. 70, illustrated (the present work)

Warsaw, Zacheta Gallery of Art, Louise Bourgeois: Geometry of Desire, January – February 2003, p. 173, illustrated (the present work)

Beacon, Dia Center for the Arts, Louise Bourgeois Installation at Inauguration of Dia: Beacon, May 2003, long term loan, p. 96 and p. 102, illustrated (plaster version)

Berlin, Akademie der Künste, Louise Bourgeois: Intimate Abstractions, June – July 2003, p. 153, no. 8, illustrated (the present work)

Zurich, Daros Exhibitions, Louise Bourgeois: Emotions Abstracted, Works 1941-2000, March – September 2004, n.p., illustrated in colour (the present work) 

Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Louise Bourgeois: La Famille, March – June 2006, p. 111, illustrated (edition no. 1/6)

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Shapes of Space, June – September 2007 (edition 2/6) 

London, Tate Modern; Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou; New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Washington D.C., Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Louise Bourgeois: Retrospective, October 2007 – May 2009, p. 129, no. 120, illustrated (London); and p. 133, no. 139, illustrated (Paris) (edition no. 2/6)

Buenos Aires, Fundación PROA; São Paulo, Instituto Tomie Ohtake; Rio de Janeiro, Museu de Arte Moderna,


uise Bourgeois: The Return of the Repressed

(titled Louise Bourgeois: The Return of the Forbidden Desires in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro), March – November 2011, vol. 1, n.p., no. 21, illustrated (São Paulo); and n.p., no. 18, illustrated (Buenos Aires) (edition no. 4/6 exhibited)

Katara, Qatar Museum Authority, QMA Gallery, Lo

uise Bourgeois: Conscious and Unconscious,

January – June 2012, pp. 74-75, illustrated (edition 5/6)

Beijing, Faurschou Foundation; and Copenhagen, Faurschou Foundation, Louise Bourgeois: Alone and Together, October 2012 – February 2014, pp. 39 and 111-13, illustrated in colour (edition 4/6)

Basel, Fondation Beyeler, Sammlungshangung Bourgeois, October 2013 – January 2014 (edition 5/6)

New York, Cheim & Read, Louise Bourgeois: Suspension, October 2014 – January 2015, n.p., illustrated in colour (edition 6/6)

Munich, Haus der Kunst; Moscow, The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art; Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and Humlebæk, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Louise Bourgeois: Structures of Existence: The Cells, February 2015 – February 2017, n.p., text (artist’s proof)

Berkeley, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Architecture of Life, January – May 2016, p. 108, no. 54, illustrated (edition 6/6)

Shanghai, Long Museum; and Beijing, Song Art Museum, Louise Bourgeois: The Eternal Thread, November 2018 – June 2019, p. 43, illustrated (Shanghai); and p. 32, illustrated (Beijing) (artist’s proof)