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Cat. No. 490a-494a

Metamorfosis

Date:
1999
Author:
Maria Fluxà
Themes:
Animals & Insects, Body Parts, Faces & Portraits, Figures, Music, Objects
Techniques:
Aquatint, Drypoint, Engraving, Etching
Description:
Illustrated book with 5 compositions: all drypoints, 1 with aquatint, 1 with etching and aquatint, 1 with etching and engraving with chine collé, 1 with engraving and aquatint
Support:
Smooth, wove BFK Rives paper
Dimensions:
overall: 13 11/16 x 14 5/16 x 2 3/8" (34.7 x 36.3 x 6 cm); page (each): 13 x 13" (33 x 33 cm)
Signature:
"Louise Bourgeois / Maria Fluxà" lower center colophon, pencil.
"LB" right lower margin each plate, pencil.
Publisher:
Galerie Lelong, Paris
Printer:
Atelier Tanguy Garric, Paris
Edition:
85; plus 20 A.P., 5 H.C., and a portfolio version with an edition of 40
Impression:
"EA III" lower center colophon, pencil, unknown hand.
Edition Information:
The illustrated books numbered 1/25-25/25 in the edition of 85 are accompanied by a portfolio of 7 prints (the 5 compositions represented in the book and 2 additional compositions). The remaining 60 illustrated books in the edition are numbered 26/85-85/85 and are not accompanied by portfolios. The A.P. illustrated books (A.P. I-X of XX) and the H.C. illustrated books (H.C. 1-5) are accompanied by the portfolio of 7 prints. In all, there are 40 illustrated books accompanied by portfolios.
Pagination:
96 unnumbered pages in 24 folios (sheets folded once and comprising 4 pages). Folios numbered 2-24 (first folio unnumbered). Plates interspersed.
Printer of Text:
SAIG, L'Haÿ-les-Roses, France
Housing:
Unbound. Publisher's clamshell box: red fabric with yellow embroidery.
Background:
“Metamorfosis” is a collaboration initiated by Maria Fluxà, a Spanish gallery owner and collector. Fluxà first encountered Bourgeois’s work at the 1982 MoMA retrospective and felt a particular emotional connection to the “Femme Maison.” She then began enthusiastically collecting Bourgeois’s work, which she displayed in her gallery, Lluc Fluxà, in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). Taking inspiration from Bourgeois's themes of memory, identity, and trauma, Fluxà also staged a performance at her gallery titled “Götterdämmerung” that dealt with her own upbringing.

In 1993, Fluxà met Bourgeois at the MoMA opening of a Joan Miró exhibition, introducing herself as an admirer and collector. She later visited the artist, which led to discussions about a possible collaboration between the two.

Bourgeois had a sympathetic response to Fluxà’s difficult relationship with her father, a problem she shared. After meeting over the next several years, she agreed to participate in a collaborative work that became the illustrated book entitled, "Metamorfosis." Here, Fluxà creates a fusion of words and imagery that conflates her own identity with that of the artist. Bourgeois allowed images of her work to contribute to this fusion, and also created five prints especially for the volume. The book was published by Galerie Lelong, Paris, in 1999. For a deluxe edition, the volume was accompanied by a portfolio with two additional prints, making a total of seven compositions created by Bourgeois in conjunction with this project.

In 2005, Fluxà and Dolors Caballero organized the exhibition and catalogue, "Louise Bourgeois: Repairs in the sky" at the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation, in Mallorca. In 2008, Fluxà and Caballero also organized "La Sage Femme: Louise Bourgeois," an exhibition and catalogue of Fluxà's collection of Bourgeois works, at Sala Espacio AV, in Murcia (Spain).
Installation Remarks:
The prints in this illustrated book and the portfolio version can be shown as a group or individually.
Curatorial Remarks:
Bourgeois made four additional compositions that she considered for inclusion in the illustrated book and portfolio (see Related Works in the Catalogue). They were ultimately excluded from publication in favor of other compositions with similar imagery of a cat, feet, and seven figures in a bed.
MoMA Credit Line:
Gift of the artist
MoMA Accession Number:
22.2002.A1-5
This Work in Other Collections:
Tate Modern, London

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  • Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
    Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the...
    Version 2 of 2, state II of II
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    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 1 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
  • Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
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    State IV of IV
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    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 2 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
  • Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
    Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the...
    State II of II
    1999
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 3 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
  • Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 4 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
    Untitled, plate 4 of 5, from the...
    Version 2 of 2, only state
    1999
    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 4 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
  • Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999
    Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the...
    State X of X
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    Louise Bourgeois. Untitled, plate 5 of 5, from the illustrated book, Metamorfosis. 1999