x Giacometti

9.1.24 - 19.1.25

In the North Wing, Alberto Giacometti, whose works constitute a significant pillar of Louisiana's collection, has been joined for the first time by Louise Bourgeois – another of the 20th century's all-time great artists – and her iconic sculpture 'Spider Couple'.

Entirely exceptionally, the sculpture ‘Walking Man’ by Alberto Giacometti is on loan, and in its usual place you will instead find the monumental ‘Spider Couple’ from 2003 by French-American Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010): a rather special meeting between two artists who are beacons of 20th-century art history, as well as of the Louisiana Collection. Giacometti and Bourgeois knew each other, and their art expresses a lifelong preoccupation with the human body and psyche, albeit in very different ways.

The story of Giacometti at Louisiana began with an exhibition in 1965, with the collection being established from then on and into the 1980s. Bourgeois’ art was first on show at Louisiana in an exhibition in 2003, and since then, the museum has acquired highly significant works by the artist.

Drawing the body

In addition to the spectacular sculptures, selected works on paper from the Louisiana Collection by both Bourgeois and Giacometti are also on show. Here, both artists’ lifelong fascination with the human body can be seen, and although the rhythmic lines recur in the works, Bourgeois and Giacometti render the body in very different ways.


Although Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was over seventy before she broke through, she managed to position herself as one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century.

Mathias Johansson, portræt af Louise Bourgeois, 1998. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Fotograf: Kim Hansen.

French-born Louise Bourgeois was, from a career point of view, a 'late bloomer.' She had her international breakthrough in her seventies, but maintained her stamina until she was almost 100. Today, her works can be found in museums worldwide, and she is considered one of the significant figures in modern art.

Bourgeois is best known for her large-scale sculptures and installations, which are inspired by her memories and experiences and carry great integrity, narrative power, and a relentless look at sexuality, identity, and corporeality.


Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) is considered, like Bourgeois, to be one of the most influential and significant artists of the 20th Century.

He lived and created his art in Switzerland, Italy, and France, and although he has been linked to art movements Surrealism, Formalism, and Expressionism, he was unmistakably an individual unto himself.

Writing in his book 'Louisiana abc' museum director Poul Erik Tøjner calls Giacometti "an apostle of laboriousness". An artist who destroyed one study after another corrected them, started all over again and again, and almost tormented the life of his models – but only rarely gave up.

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