MoMA: Louise Bourgeois
The MoMA’s recently-launched catalogue raisonné of the prints and illustrated books of Louise Bourgeois marks a historic moment not only for the museum, but for all scholars and devotees of one of the most important female artists from the last century. Designed to ultimately showcase more than 3,500 images, the website will be the most comprehensive archive of prints made by Louise Bourgeois over the span of her 70-year career, most of which are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art.
Guided by the expert direction of Deborah Wye, MoMA’s former Chief Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books and esteemed Louise Bourgeois scholar, Kiss Me I’m Polish, in collaboration with Redub LLC, developed the information architecture and visual design for this extraordinary project. The resulting online catalogue highlights the artist’s creative process, emphasizes the steps in the evolution of particular print compositions, and reveals the comparative relationships between Louise’s prints, drawings, and sculptures. Set against a backdrop of subtle grays accentuated with bright red typography and Louise’s own handwriting, each work in the archive is presented within a custom interface that allows the user to analyze and compare the various iterations leading up to the final print, really bringing the works to life.
This first installment of Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints and Books, includes over 400 images, and focuses on the themes of spiders and fabrics. Incremental updates over the next three years will bring the catalogue to almost ten times its current size and explore many more of Louise’s favorite themes, including: abstraction, body parts, and motherhood. So, stay tuned!
- User Experience + Information Architecture
- Art Direction + Design
I am a searcher... I always was... and I still am... searching for the missing piece.”
– Louise Bourgeois