It might not quite be MOMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York) but MIMA, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is a fine example of a new gallery, bringing amazing and important modern art to what often seem to be the most neglected corners of our country. This is the latest exhibition at MIMA:
ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets
Louise Bourgeois, 1911 - 2010, made art of every kind, in many materials and she could be described as the last surrealist. She expressed female emotions and anxieties in her work - hysteria and tensions were not hidden.
The spider symbolises the Mother for Bourgeois
The human form also appears in many works, sometimes easily recognisable...
...sometimes disturbingly distorted.
I particularly like her delicate pink marble sculptures.
Shades of her influence can be seen in the work of today's young artists, but, for me, there is one question which needs a positive answer before I know if I really rate an artist's work. Would I like to own that piece and look at it every day?
Oh, yes please Louise!
Mima is a beautiful museum and a pleasure to visit, beyond Middlesbrough's bustling shopping malls, across a municipal green space...
Remember the name.