Present or absent, supportive or domineering, warm or diabolical – everyone has a Mother! Louisiana opens its 2021 season with this large-scale exhibition revolving around Motherhood, viewed through changing notions of art and culture in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Bringing together works by many of the greatest artists of the period, the exhibition will run the gamut from early avant-garde movements to the present day.
In a sprawling and sensuous, richly unfolded story, motherhood and the figure of the mother will be examined in cultural-historical, philosophical, psychological and artistic depth. As with Louisiana’s recent THE MOON exhibition, the story will go back in time and follow the tracks that lead to the present moment.
Ranging from religious images of the Madonna to post-feminist “bad girls,” the iconography of motherhood is closely linked to stories of female power and liberation – and to the physical and psychological relationships between mothers and their (artist) children, daughters and sons alike.
A through line in the exhibition will, naturally, be the movements and distinctive developments that have changed society over the last century or so, challenging the traditional social position of women, especially, and putting notions of motherhood and traditional cultural norms and expectations under pressure.
The exhibition brings together a number of important artists that have been exhibited at the Louisiana over the last decade, many of which are represented in the museum’s collection. There will be works by Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Rineke Dijkstra, Ragnar Kjartansson, Paula Modersohn-Becker and Candice Breitz, among others, along with contributions custom-made for the occasion by a number of younger artists providing topical perspectives on Mother!
The Obel Family Foundation and Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond support the exhibition MOTHER!