Niki Saint de Phalle at Grand Palais
September 17, 2014 to February 2, 2015, The Grand Palace is organizing a major retrospective of the work of Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), painter and sculptor, married to artist Jean Tinguely, with whom she performed the Stravinsky Fountain in front of the Pompidou Centre in Paris (1983 ).
Coming into 1961 on the art scene with her shots, intended to "draw blood painting," Niki de Saint Phalle is the author of famous sculptures of voluptuous Nanas and monumental sculptures held at the Tarot Garden in Tuscany.
This retrospective is an opportunity to return to the path of one of the most popular and less conventional artists of of the second half of the twentieth century. For 20 years, no significant events had highlighted her work.
With themes ranging from joyful to profound to intellectual, the paradoxal nature of her work has yet to be fully explored. She was one of the first women to receive international acclaim and recognition during her lifetime, as well as successfully create a public persona. Similar to Warhol, Saint Phalle was able to use the media to skillfully guide the reception of her work.