The MFA has reshaped Gallery 155 to create two thought-provoking installations centered on sculpture from the Museum’s collection. In one half of the gallery, the MFA’s newly acquired Pillar (1949–50, cast 1990) by Louise Bourgeois, is displayed with an ancient Egyptian Statue of a Queen or Goddess (300–200 BC), Walking Woman (modeled 1933–34, cast 1955) by Alberto Giacometti, Untitled (1997) by Jannis Kounellis, and a mid-20th-century Female Figure (rhythm pounder) by an unidentified Ivoirian artist. The other half of the gallery showcases European Expressionism, including works by Max Beckmann, Auguste Rodin, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, and Henry Moore, among others.
Above, left to right: Alberto Giacometti, Walking Woman (Femme qui marche), modeled 1933–34; cast in 1955. Bronze. Major Henry Lee Higginson and William Francis Warden Funds. © Alberto Giacometti Estate/Licensed by ARS and VAGA, New York, NY; Unidentified artist, Female figure (rhythm pounder), before 1963. Wood, shell. Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel; Statue of a queen or goddess, Egyptian, Hellenistic period (Ptolemaic dynasty), 300–200 BC. Stone. Marilyn M. Simpson Fund, Horace and Florence E. Mayer Fund, William Stevenson Smith Fund, and Frank B. Bemis Fund; Louise Bourgeois, Pillar, 1949–50; cast in 1990. Hollow cast bronze, white and blue paint, stainless steel base. Gift of Michael J Zinner, M.D., in loving memory of Rhonda Zinner. © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; Jannis Kounellis, Untitled (detail), 1997. Steel beam with two leather shoes. Gift of Joyce Linde in loving memory of Edward H Linde.