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The fascinating mind of Louise Bourgeois is now on display

Works from the renowned French-American artist, who died in 2010, make up a new exhibit at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.


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Journalists walk near artwork by French artist Louise Bourgeois titled "Together," which is on display as part of the Twosome exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.Journalists walk near artwork by French artist Louise Bourgeois titled "Together," which is on display as part of the Twosome exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images
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Starting this week, visitors to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel will be greeted with a bit of a head-scratcher: the works of Louise Bourgeois, a prolific and world-renowned 20th-century artist whose deep dive into psychoanalysis influenced much of her career.

The sculptures of the French-born Bourgeois, who died in 2010 at the age of 98, reflected her complicated relationship with her parents, her intense fear of abandonment and rejection and her need for protection from a big, scary world.

The resulting work can be at times grotesque and crude while still remaining sensual and provocative.

A journalist looks at artwork by French artist Louise Bourgeois titled 'Cell X (portrait)' which is on display as part of the 'Twosome' exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on September 6, 2017.But first, let me take a spider selfie. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

"It is not an image I am seeking. It’s not an idea," Bourgeois once said. "It is an emotion you want to recreate, an emotion of wanting, of giving and of destroying."

A chronic insomniac, Bourgeois spent all hours of the night experimenting with a wide range of materials to create a seemingly disjointed variety of figures, from wood totems to latex carvings and even a stint in two-dimensional abstract printmaking.

Journalists walk near artwork by French artist Louise Bourgeois titled 'Together' which is on display as part of the 'Twosome' exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on September 6, 2017."Together" is one of the more prominent artworks on display at the museum as part of the "Twosome" exhibit. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Bourgeois is now considered one of the movers and shakers of the feminist art movement, but it wasn't until her later years that her body of work was finally recognized and praised.

A journalist looks at artwork by French artist Louise Bourgeois titled 'Cell X' which is on display as part of the 'Twosome' exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on September 6, 2017.This plaster sculpture is part of Bourgeois' "Cell X" collection on display at the Tel Aviv Museum. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

That body of work comprises "Twosome," the first comprehensive look at the artist's work ever shown in Israel. The collection will remain at the museum through January.

Journalists were invited to the exhibit for a sneak preview before it officially opens on Friday.

A journalist looks at artwork by French artist Louise Bourgeois titled 'Passage Dangereux' which is on display as part of the 'Twosome' exhibition at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on September 6, 2017.This leg brace scuplture is part of a bigger piece Bourgeois called "Passage Dangereux," which presents a narrative about a young girl coming of age. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

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