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Louise Bourgeois: Insomnia Drawings Works from the Daros Collection

Throughout her life, the French-American artist Louise Bourgeois (1911 Paris – 2010 New York) was
accompanied by frequent bouts of insomnia. However, in her long waking nights she was also highly
productive, so that sleeplessness became an important part of her work as an artist. Between November
1994 and June 1995 she created a series of 220 sheets with drawings, sketches and poetic annotations:
the Insomnia Drawings.

The exhibition was curated by Theodora Vischer, Senior Curator at the Fondation Beyeler, with Marlene
Bürgi, Curatorial Assistant.


Louise Bourgeois, Insomnia Drawing No. 174, March 13, 1995, Charcoal, pencil, red felt-tip pen, red ballpoint pen, 29.6 x 22.8 cm, Daros Collection, Switzerland, © The Easton Foundation / 2019, ProLitteris, Zurich

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