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mater amantisima

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Maman • Mamá, sculpture by Louise Bourgeois, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain


Mamá, de casi 9 metros de altura, es una de las esculturas más ambiciosas de Louise Bourgeois y pertenece a una serie inspirada en la araña, motivo que apareció por primera vez en varios dibujos realizados por la artista en la década de 1940 y ocupó un lugar central en su obra durante la década de 1990. Las arañas, que Bourgeois presenta como un homenaje a su madre, que era tejedora, ponen de manifiesto la duplicidad de la naturaleza de la maternidad: La madre es protectora y depredadora al mismo tiempo. La araña utiliza la seda tanto para fabricar el capullo como para cazar a su presa así que la maternidad encarna fortaleza y fragilidad. Estas ambigüedades se ven intensamente reflejadas en esta Mamá gigantesca, que se sostiene ominosamente sobre unas patas que semejan arcos góticos y que funcionan al mismo tiempo como jaula y como guarida protectora de una bolsa llena de huevos que se encuentran peligrosamente adheridos a su abdomen. La araña provoca pavor y miedo pero su gran altura, sorprendentemente equilibrada sobre unas ligeras patas, transmite una vulnerabilidad casi conmovedora.


►Almost 9 meters tall, Maman is one of the most ambitious of a series of sculptures by Bourgeois that take as their subject the spider, a motif that first appeared in several of the artist's drawings in the 1940s and came to assume a central place in her work during the 1990s. Intended as a tribute to her mother, who was a weaver, Bourgeois's spiders are highly contradictory as emblems of maternity: they suggest both protector and predator-the silk of a spider is used both to construct cocoons and to bind prey-and embody both strength and fragility. Such ambiguities are powerfully figured in the mammoth Maman, which hovers ominously on legs like Gothic arches that act at once as a cage and as a protective lair to a sac full of eggs perilously attached to her undercarriage. The spider provokes awe and fear, yet her massive height, improbably balanced on slender legs, conveys an almost poignant vulnerability.


♪♫ Big Mama • If you were a spider I should be a fly ♪♫


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Taken on November 5, 2010