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Giant spiders head to National Galleries of Scotland for Louise Bourgeois exhibition


The National Galleries of Scotland is set to stage the country’s first major exhibition of acclaimed American artist Louise Bourgeois, known for her huge bronze sculptures of spiders, later this year.

Louise Bourgeois: A Woman without Secrets will open at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in October running for six months.

The exhibition will include the 1993 work Poids, a giant Spider from 1994 and Untitled 2010, the year she died.

The artist was born in Paris in 1911 and moved to New York after marrying American art historian Robert Goldwater in 1938.

While she worked as an artist throughout her life in the US, she was not seen as a major figure in the art world until the 1970s. In 1982, she received her first retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her work became hugely sought after. Two years ago a bronze spider was sold for $10.7m, a record for Bourgeois’s work.