Niki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais – Paris

Niki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais – ParisNiki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais – ParisNiki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais – ParisNiki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais – ParisNiki de Saint Phalle at the Grand Palais – Paris

September 17, 2014 through February 2, 2015

– In the highlight of the Parisian fall exhibition season, 200 works trace the career arc of Niki de Saint Phalle, France’s most celebrated, twentieth century, woman artist, renowned for her brightly painted outdoor sculptures such as those that famously adorn the Stravinsky Fountain adjacent the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Gaudiesque Tarot Garden in Tuscany. From paintings and sculptures to engravings and assemblages to experimental films and archives that document her many works of performance art, the display includes the controversial, “Tir,” or shooting paintings that first brought Saint Phalle acclaim and comparisons to Warhol in the 1960s as well as dozens of the artist’s beloved, “Nanas,” buxom, colorful, robust and whimsical sculptural representations of the female form fashioned from polyester resin.

Fiercely feminist and socio-political yet leavened with humor and joy, Saint Phalle’s body of work presents in particular wonderfully abundant and affirmative expressions of womanhood. Highlights of this installation are early works like the painting,“Grand tir, séance, Galerie J,” (1961) and the assemblage, “Cheval et la mariée,” (1963) that transition to grand scale sculptural masterpieces such as, “Dolores,” (1968) and, “Le Reve de Diane,” (1970) as well as monumental paintings such as, “Leaping Nana,” (1970) that are among the first pure expressions of what would become Saint Phalle’s signature style. Also of note are intensely personal later works created in Los Angeles during the last decade of her life that address race relations and global violence during the Presidency of George W. Bush like, “Californian Diary (Black is Different),” (1994) “The Three Graces,” (1995-2003) and the last large scale piece she created before her death in 2002, “Tree of Liberty,” (2000).

This exhibition benefits from the kind participation of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation and includes unprecedented loans from the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, Germany and the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice, France, both of which received generous bequests personally from the artist.

 

"The Three Graces" (1995) - Niki de Saint Phalle

“The Three Graces” (1995) – Niki de Saint Phalle

“Le Reve de Diane” (1970) - Niki de Saint Phalle

“Le Reve de Diane” (1970) – Niki de Saint Phalle

"Leaping Nana" (1970) - Niki de Saint Phalle

“Leaping Nana” (1970) – Niki de Saint Phalle

"Dolores" (1968) - Niki de Saint Phalle

“Dolores” (1968) – Niki de Saint Phalle

“Cheval et la Mariée" (1963) - Niki de Saint Phalle

“Cheval et la Mariée” (1963) – Niki de Saint Phalle


 

Official Exhibition Site

 

GRAND PALAIS

3, AVENUE DU GÉNÉRAL EISENHOWER

75008 PARIS, FRANCE

1-44-13-17-17

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niki de Saint Phalle

 

VISITING HOURS:

OPEN FROM 10 A.M. TO 8 P.M. ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY.

OPEN FROM 10 A.M. TO 10 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

CLOSED ON TUESDAYS.

 

ADMISSION:

13 € FOR AN ADULT TICKET.

9 € FOR A STUDENT TICKET (16 TO 25 YEARS OLD).

FREE FOR ALL 15 YEARS AND UNDER.

 

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