Louise Bourgeois’ Maman..why a spider and why is it all over the world?


Louise Bourgeois was a good artist, one of the very best. She overcame many difficulties to establish herself among the 20th-Century greats – not least being a woman in a man’s world.

The last decade of her life saw her find a new audience with a series of international shows and the installation of Maman, her giant spider at Tate Modern.


Maman (1999) is a sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois. The sculpture, which resembles a spider, is over 30ft high, with a sac containing marble eggs. The title is French for Mommy. Besides the stainless steel version owned by the Tate Modern, London, there are several bronze casts, located at:

The bronze sculpture is no longer in London, Paris, Boston or Washington, D.C.


someone explain this please..creepy giant spiders with eggs..why so popular and why are they all over the world?


~ by seeker401 on June 8, 2010.

23 Responses to “Louise Bourgeois’ Maman..why a spider and why is it all over the world?”

  1. my guess is that its an inverted menorah –


  2. so i better search for what a Chanukiah is….(symbolically)

    A 7 branched is a Menorah, a 9 branch is a Chanukiah. The one we use at Chanukah is a Chanukiah, 8 plus one which we use to light the others. 8 days = 8 candles.

    The Menorah was the one kept in the temple and all branches were lit every day. It’s still shown on the coat of arms of Israel and there’s a large one near the Israeli Parliament (Knesset)which was a gift from the British Parliament in 1956.

  3. looks like those things in ‘war of the worlds’ anyway…..

  4. ok……now isnt the second temple about to be re built….? read on from wiki…

    (Chanukah) Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה‎, Tiberian: Ḥănukkāh, nowadays usually spelled חנוכה pronounced [χanuˈka] in Modern Hebrew, also romanized as Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE, Hanukkah is observed for eight nights, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar, which may occur at any time from late November to late December in the Gregorian calendar.


  5. id change that menorah pic to the one i posted the link to ……the hanuka….its a classic!!!!

  6. Louise Bourgeois RIP may 31 2010
    here is the one at they” rockefeller center in 2001
    http://www.cbc.ca/arts/story/2005/05/11/mamanspider050511.html LOL

  7. saw her exhibit at the smithsonian 2 years ago. Shit is weak. Dont overthink it.

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  9. actually, the spider represents her mother. She said her mother was a weaver, like a spider, and was clever, like a spider. Also she was nuturing and very caring like a spider watching over her eggs. That’s why the spider has an egg sac under itself. It’s Louise Bourgeois’s mother watching over her children, protecting and nurturing them. Louise Bourgeois’s artwork is all confessional and based off herself and her life. Since she was born in France she was probably Christian or Catholic so I don’t know why she would make a sculpture representing a menorah in any way. It doesn’t make any sense for her to recreate a menorah. Especially since her art is confessional. I hope I helped you 🙂

  10. This guy has an interesting theory, and more intriguing is how some of these creepy statues are moved from place to place. If there was any truth to his theory, it could be it’s ‘message’ was well received by those being blackmailed- another mission accomplished?


  11. this explains the spiders.. maybe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=102dhnHYIpw&list=UU4AoUNjBqHwemo1ZM26Ltaw

  12. The spiders are symbolic of a global web of powerful families and their creation of a new surveillance technology using broadcast soundwaves, called spider technology. The eggs symbolize the 20 national security agencies around the world who have access to these images.

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