'Niki de Saint Phalle en joue!' at Galerie Vallois

A new exhibition of work by Niki de Saint Phalle will be opening in Paris in November at Galerie Vallois, in the sixth arrondissement of Paris.

The show, entitled "Niki de Saint Phalle en joue! Assemblages & Tirs 1958–1964," will include an assortment of Niki's assemblages and shooting paintings (tirs) from the groundbreaking period at the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s.

The exhibition, which will open on 8 November and run through 21 December 2013, will take place at Galerie Vallois, 36 rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France.

For more information, contact Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois via email at info@galerie-vallois.com or visit the Galerie Vallois web site.
 
 

Interview with Niki biographer Catherine Francblin

From the introduction to Sophie Flouquet's interview with Catherine Francblin, author of a new French-language biography of Niki de Saint Phalle, in Beaux Arts Magazine for October 2013:

"Personnalité unique en son genre dans le paysage artistique des années 1960 à 1980, la fantasque Niki de Saint Phalle n’avait curieusement jamais fait l’objet d’une biographie en France. Lacune comblée avec la Révolte à l'oeuvre.

"Tout le monde connaît ses Nanas aux rondeurs monumentales et l’exubérante fontaine Stravinsky installée aux abords du Centre Pompidou. Mais peu de gens savent qui fut vraiment Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002), jeune et belle aristocrate franco-américaine qui devint la seule femme engagée aux côtés des Nouveaux Réalistes et l’indéfectible compagne du sculpteur suisse Jean Tinguely. Une biographie signée de la critique d’art Catherine Francblin vient enfin dresser le portrait complet de cette artiste qu’une première grande rétrospective honorera à l’automne 2014 au Grand Palais."

The full interview can be found in Beaux Arts Magazine for October 2013. Catherine Francblin's biography of Niki de Saint Phalle, la Révolte à l'oeuvre, is forthcoming from éditions Hazan.
 

Help us create a catalogue raisonné of Niki's 'Nanas'

An online catalogue raisonné of the "Nanas" of Niki de Saint Phalle is scheduled for publication in October 2014.

Niki de Saint Phalle created a large number of Nanas in the course of her career, made using various materials and with diverse shapes and dimensions. The catalogue raisonné will document this aspect of Niki de Saint Phalle's oeuvre and illustrate the range of her creative achievements in this area.

The catalogue raisonné of Niki de Saint Phalle's Nanas aims to be a comprehensive publication that will reproduce and list all known works of this kind. It will establish as definitive an inventory as possible of Niki de Saint Phalle's authenticated Nanas.

We would be very grateful for any information we might receive from private and public collectors who wish to propose Nanas for inclusion in the catalogue raisonné. Please complete the online form or contact us by email at nanacatalogue@gmail.com. While we hope you will be able to supply as many details as possible to enhance the accuracy of our research, we understand that some information may be sensitive, personal, or private. Please be assured that all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidentiality. All requests for anonymity will be fully respected.

We thank you in advance for your time and your support for this project.
 

Guided private visit to Le Cyclop in October

On Saturday 26 October, some lucky visitors to the exhibition at the Grand Palais will also have an opportunity to take a guided private visit to Le Cyclop, the mammoth sculpture located in Milly-la-Forêt, south of Paris. The visit will be led by Bloum Cardenas, grand-daughter of Niki de Saint Phalle and trustee of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation; François Taillade, the director of Le Cyclop; and Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand. At 22.5 meters high and containing 350 tons of steel, Le Cyclop is a unique monument in the history of contemporary art, one that brings together four artistic movements: Dada, Nouveau Réalisme, art cinétique (kinetic art) and art brut (outsider art).

The private tour will leave from the Grand Palais on Saturday 26 October at 9am and return at around 1pm that afternoon. To join the tour, visitors must present an "invité d'honneur" (VIP) badge. RSVP required at fiac.com/vip.html.

Also in conjunction with the exhibition, the films Daddy and Where Is the Monster will be shown in the auditorium of the Grand Palais on Thursday 24 October from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
 

Bechtler Modernism + Film Program Launches August 16

On August 16, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be screening the film Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely: The Bonnie and Clyde of Art. This 2010 documentary details the tumultuous 30-year relationship between the two sculptors, whose work is now on view in the Bechtler exhibition Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers.

A presentation by Bechtler President and CEO John Boyer will precede the film screening. An event reception, including a cash bar and free light bites, begins at 6pm in the Bechtler lobby, followed by the presentation and film screening at 7pm.

The Bechtler Museum's Modernism + Film program investigates themes in design, engineering, architecture, and modern/contemporary art through the lens of film. Developed in partnership with AIA Charlotte and the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, the Modernism + Film program is offered the third Friday of each month. Each month's event includes a presentation to engage audience members about themes highlighted in the film. The full Modernism + Film season can be viewed on the program’s main web page.

Tickets are $10 for non-members, $8 for members, and $5 for students with valid school ID. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 704.353.9200, or at the Bechtler Museum visitor services desk. Student tickets must be purchased at the visitor services desk.
 

Niki de Saint Phalle Conference in Milly-la-Forêt

Art historian and curator Sarah Wilson, a professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art, will be leading a conference entitled "Niki de Saint Phalle" in June in the town of Milly-la-Forêt, near Paris.

The conference, held in cooperation with the Association Le Cyclop, will take place on Thursday 6 June starting at 7:30pm at the Espace culture Paul Bédu. The venue is located at 8, rue Farnault in Milly-la-Forêt, a small town outside Paris where the mammoth sculpture Le Cyclop, a collaboration between Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, can also be found. All are invited, and admission is free. Learn more.
 

Arteum introduces its Niki de Saint Phalle collection

Arteum, with three stores in Paris as well as an online boutique, has introduced its Niki de Saint Phalle collection, created in partnership with the Niki Charitable Art Foundation. The collection includes tableware, stationery, and other items decorated with designs and images from Niki's work. Other artists and designers with collections chez Arteum include such luminaries as Le Corbusier, René Magritte, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. You can see items from the Niki de Saint Phalle collection here [.pdf] or visit the Arteum web site.
 

"Exquisite Corpse" in the heart of Paris

Exquisite Corpse, a sequel to the exhibition presented under the same name at the Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois in 2003, presents a body of work inspired by the famous game invented in Paris in 1925, in a house on the rue du Château where Marcel Duhamel, Jacques Prévert, Yves Tanguy, and many others, famous and unknown, would regularly meet. For them, the game was a way to explore the operation of thought beyond the control of reason, and it became a canonical device in the Surrealist toolbox.

This exhibition offers fifteen surreal 'exquisite corpses' by such artists as André Breton, Paul Eluard, René Magritte, Man Ray, and Yves Tanguy alongside a selection of other works by contemporary artists embodying the same free and transgressive spirit. Among these works is Le Château de Gilles de Rais (The Castle of Gilles de Rais), a shooting painting created by Niki de Saint Phalle in 1962.

The exhibition, which opened on 22 March and runs through 11 May 2013, is on display at the Galerie Georges-Philippe and Nathalie Vallois, 36, rue de Seine, 75006 Paris. For more information, call the gallery at +33 (0)1 46 34 61 07.

Exhibition view, "Exquisite Corpse"
Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris
22.03.2013 — 11.05.2013
© Aurélien Mole
Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris

 

Paris launch for "Les Bonnie & Clyde de l'Art" DVD

The documentary film by Louise Faure and Anne Julien, "Niki de Saint Phalle & Jean Tinguely: Les Bonnie & Clyde de l'Art," is coming out on DVD — and to celebrate, there will be a launch event in Paris on Thursday 13 December at Galerie Hubert Karaly (23 rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris). The evening begins at 7:30pm. "Les Bonnie & Clyde de l'Art" won the Prix du Meilleur Film TV FIFA 2011.
 

A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance

Opening this week at the Tate Modern in London is "A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance", an innovative group exhibition curated by Catherine Wood. Here's how the Tate Modern web site describes the show:

"This exhibition will take a new look at the dynamic relationship between performance and painting since 1950. Contrasting key paintings by Jackson Pollock and David Hockney, the exhibition considers two different approaches to the idea of the canvas as an arena in which to act: one gestural, the other one theatrical. The paintings of the Vienna Actionists or the Shooting Pictures of Niki de Saint Phalle will be re-presented within the performance context that they were made, and juxtaposed with works by artists such as Cindy Sherman or Jack Smith that used the face and body as a surface, often using make-up in work dealing with gender role-play. The exhibition proposes a new way of looking at the work of a number of younger artists whose approach to painting is energised by these diverse historical sources, drawing upon action painting, drag and the idea of the stage set."

"A Bigger Splash: Painting after Performance" runs from 14 November 2012 through 1 April 2013. For more information, you can visit the Tate Modern web site or contact the museum directly.
 

The Eric and Jean Cass Gift on display at GoMA

Art collectors Eric and Jean Cass "have been supporters of Niki de Saint Phalle ever since they bought their first work from a gallery in Ostend in 1976," says the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow (GoMA), and the esteemed collectors' recent donation of more than 300 important modern and contemporary artworks to the Contemporary Art Society "for allocation to public institutions and to support contemporary art in the UK" included many of Niki's works. In 2012, the Contemporary Art Society put that gift's intention into action by inviting seven UK-based museums to research the donation and pitch for "clusters of works that complement or enliven their current collections."

In that context, the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow received 14 major works by Niki de Saint Phalle, as well as a number of collectable ephemera, drawings and personal letters. Now those works are slated for exhibition at GoMA, beginning on 16 November 2012.

"We are incredibly excited to have been given these unique and wonderful works by Niki de Saint Phalle," says Ben Harman, Curator of Contemporary Art for Glasgow Museums. "This act of extraordinary generosity by Eric and Jean Cass will create the largest assembly of the artist's work at any public collection in the UK." The "unprecedented gift" will be enjoyed "by generations of local, national, and international visitors to Glasgow," added Harman. Learn more about the exhibition.
 

'A Tinguely feeling' at Galerie Vallois in Paris

"Meet Jean Tinguely, who might be an artist, an inventor or a philosopher ... depending on how you look at his masterpieces." (Universal Newsreel, 1960)

Joan Blanche of AQNB shares her experience of Méta-Reliefs / Méta-Matics (1955-1961), a remarkable collection of work by Jean Tinguely now at Galerie Vallois in Paris:

"Yes, Jean Tinguely does have a wonderful name when pronounced à l'anglaise. But it's not just his name that's currently tickling the fancy of Nouveau Réalisme art fans. Eleven of his pieces, some of which have never been exhibited before, are being shown at the Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois Gallery in the artists' quarter of Saint Germain des Près in Paris. Were Tinguely still with us (he passed away over twenty years ago) he would surely have appreciated the location, only a few steps away from the Arnaud Lefebvre Gallery, the host of his very first solo exhibition.

"The collection, divided into 'Méta-Reliefs' and 'Méta-Matics,' was created between 1955 and 1961. Here, we can clearly see the fascination with movement, space and fantasy that made Tinguely such an important member of the avant-garde arts scene in the mid-twentieth century." (Image via Galerie Vallois: Le Frigo (open) – 1960 © André Morin)

Jean Tinguely's Méta-Reliefs / Méta-Matics (1955-1961) is on exhibit at Galerie Vallois in Paris until 17 November. To learn more about the show, see the Galerie Vallois press release (in French) or watch the ouvretesyeux video (also in French) below.


 

Cass family gives 300+ works to seven UK museums

From The Art Newspaper:

"The collectors Eric and Jean Cass have donated more than 300 works of modern and contemporary art, valued at £4m, to the Contemporary Art Society to be allocated to seven UK institutions outside London.

"The Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, the Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery, the National Museum Cardiff, Edinburgh's Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, will each receive clusters of works tailored to complement their own collections. [...] Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art will receive a sizeable number of works by Niki de Saint Phalle, which will go on display from 15 November until October 2013." Learn more.
 

The Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945

The Desire for Freedom: Art in Europe since 1945, which opened at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin on 17 October, shows post-war work by 113 European artists who have been concerned with the theme of freedom. Rather than examining this question in terms of the Cold War power blocs, it seeks their common roots in democracy and socialism, as offspring of the Enlightenment that must answer to its core values: freedom, equality, and human rights.

In this provocative and ambitious exhibition, such artists as Fernand Léger, Damien Hirst, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Armando, Tadeusz Kantor, Richard Hamilton, Boris Mikhailov, Oskar Rabin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gerhard Richter, Aurora Reinhard, Christo, Arman, Mario Merz, Jordi Colomer, Raul Meel, Maria Lassnig, Eric Bulatov and Carlfriedrich Claus provoke us to think about freedom and the way we live our lives.

The exhibition, which was curated by Monika Flacke, Henry Meyric Hughes, and Ulrike Schmiegelt, runs from 17 October 2012 to 10 February 2013 at the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) in Berlin. Learn more.
 

Nohra Haime Gallery gives intimate look at Niki's work

Art Daily writes about the new exhibition now at Nohra Haime Gallery in New York City:

"Selected historical sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle are on view at the Nohra Haime Gallery from August 2 through August 29, 2012. The exhibition includes Dawn, one of her signature and richly colored Nanas, along with her mystical figures, Double Tête and Horus et Sa Grace. Two examples of Saint Phalle's furniture, such as Clarice Chaise Femme and Charly, also are featured. Providing a distinct and more intimate look into the artist's ambitious and inventive work, this exhibition runs in conjunction with Niki de Saint Phalle on Park Avenue, a major site-specific installation including nine monumental sculptures standing along Park Avenue from 52nd to 60th Streets."  Read more.

Pictured: Niki de Saint Phalle's Horus et sa grace at Nohra Haime Gallery in New York City. Photo by Laura Maloney.
 

Reading the streets: Niki de Saint Phalle on Park Avenue

Kelsey Savage Hays in Auction Central News International on the public installation of sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle on Park Avenue in New York City:

"Marking the 10-year anniversary of Niki de Saint Phalle's death, an installation of her curvy, joyful women dance along Park Avenue. The sculptures, created out of polyester resin, some with mosaics of ceramic and glass, memorialize the achievement of the French artist whose work incorporates a joie de vivre as big as a New York summer. The vibrant women meld perfectly with all the color surrounding them on the iconic avenue — vibrant sundresses, the perfect summer blue sky, men's rainbow ties.

"Les Baigneurs starts the exhibition, which runs down from 60th Street and encompasses nine pieces including works from her tribute to jazz musicians, such as Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis, and her Grand Step Totem."  Read more.

Pictured above: Niki de Saint Phalle's Les Baigneurs (The Bathers) on Park Avenue in New York City. Photo by Kelsey Savage.
 

Trustee Bloum Cardenas on Niki's Park Avenue Show

With a major public installation of works by Niki de Saint Phalle about to begin on New York's Park Avenue, NCAF Trustee Bloum Cardenas was interviewed by Good Day New York this morning live from the heart of Manhattan. "I'm very proud to see sculptures by Niki here," Bloum said. "She grew up in this town, and thanks to Nohra Haime, she's back in this town. It's wonderful. We're very proud." Standing in front of The Three Graces, she added, "Niki did a lot of sculptures about women — she was an early feminist. But she was also very playful, and loved to have sculptures be used by children and not intimidate children, so they could realize that art is accessible to everyone."

The nine monumental sculptures will be on display on Park Avenue between 52nd and 60th Streets in New York City from 12 July to 15 November 2012. The show will kick off with an event at Nohra Haime Gallery (730 Fifth Avenue) on Thursday 12 July from 6:00-8:00 pm. A variety of programs ranging from tours to lectures also are being planned in conjunction with the exhibition. Learn more.
 

Niki de Saint Phalle on Park Avenue

Nohra Haime Gallery will present Niki de Saint Phalle on Park Avenue from 12 July – 15 November 2012. This major public exhibit — which will be on display on Park Avenue between 52nd and 60th Streets in New York City — will include nine monumental sculptures and feature Saint Phalle's signature nanas and totems, as well as works from her iconic Black Heroes Series depicting legendary jazz musicians and athletes. Learn more.
 

Moderna Museet Stockholm: Drip, pour, throw, shoot

On Saturday 2 June, "EXPLOSION! Painting as Action" opened at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The museum describes this breathtaking exhibition thus:

"Explosion explores the rich and complex cross fertilizations and borderlands of painting, performance and conceptual art. It traces this expanded idea of painting as action from late 1940s until today. The exhibition will include works in different media by some 45 artists from many parts of the world — such as the important Japanese Gutai group, including Shozo Shimamoto, Sadamasa Motonaga, Saburo Murakami and Kazuo Shiraga, along with such artists as Allan Kaprow, Jackson Pollock, Niki de Saint Phalle, Yves Klein, Ana Mendieta, Alison Knowles, Rivane Neuenschwander, Yoko Ono and Lawrence Weiner.

"After the Second World War, a number of painters in different parts of the world began to attack painting's fundamental assumptions in ways that were at once both aggressive and playful. Many artists attached as much importance to the creative act itself as they did to the painting that resulted from it. On this borderland between painting and performance, chance or the spectator were often recruited as co-creators of the work. This experimental, conceptual attitude to painting and art subsequently inspired a lot of other artists. In recent years, interest in performance art has increased, and with it interest in its roots."

"EXPLOSION! Painting as Action" will be on display from 2 June to 9 September 2012 at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The museum is open to the public Tuesday from 10h-20h and Wednesday-Sunday from 10h-18h and is closed Monday. Admission is 100/80 SEK for adults and free for those 18 and under.

Photo: Installation view: Explosion! Painting as Action, Moderna Museet, 2012
© Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet.
Works (from left): Jean Tinguely, Méta-Matic no 17, 1961 © Jean Tinguely/BUS 2012; Kazuo Shiraga, Untitled, 1956-2006 © Kazuo Shiraga; Niki de Saint Phalle, Tableau tir, 1961 © Niki de Saint Phalle/BUS 2012.

 

Niki de Saint Phalle, 1930–2002

Today marks the tenth anniversary of Niki de Saint Phalle's death. Today we celebrate her life, her work, and the joie de vivre she brought to everything she did. We recall her spirit, her courage, her generosity. We are grateful to have shared this world with her. Niki, we miss you.
 

Le Cyclop, un aller retour ver le futur...

If you'd like to know more about Le Cyclop, the massive sculpture built by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle in Milly-la-Forêt, France, here's your chance. Completed over the course of three decades with the help of fellow artists Arman, César, Marcel Duchamp, Larry Rivers, and JR Soto, the enormous structure is now the subject of a cycle of conferences exploring the images that inspired its construction and the artists who realized it.

The series, entitled "Le Cyclop, un aller retour vers le futur...," is being held in the Espace Culturel Paul Bédu at 8 bis rue Farnault, 91490 Milly-la-Forêt on 12 April, 3 May, and 31 May 2012 from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The sessions are being led by art historian Caroline Soyez-Petithomme, co-director of the art space La Salle de Bain in Lyon.

For more information about the conference series or the work itself, you can also visit the Le Cyclop web site.
 

Niki Starts a Trend in Taiwan Schools

How do Taiwanese kids play with "shooting art"? Take a look! From the Quanta Foundation's Niki Traveling Exhibition 2008-2011, here's a glimpse of what happens when nine Taiwanese cities, 69 schools, and more than 90,000 people meet Niki de Saint Phalle.
 

Moderna Museet: The Girl, the Monster and the Goddess

This summer, Moderna Museet Malmö will be featuring "The Girl, the Monster and the Goddess," an exhibition of works by Niki de Saint Phalle:

"With unique imagination and creativity, [Saint Phalle] tirelessly delved into eternal and existential subjects such as power and powerlessness, destructive social patterns, gender, love and sexuality. Her prolific artistic output covers a range spanning from artist books and films to monumental sculpture projects. In both her art and her personal life, she reminds us of the inner force that can conquer fear and help us step out into life as ourselves.

"The exhibition with Niki de Saint Phalle launches a new series of presentations focusing on seminal artists that are especially relevant to the Moderna Museet collection. It is both pleasing and logical to start the series by featuring Niki de Saint Phalle, since her sculpture group Paradise and her internationally acclaimed exhibition SHE [Hon] have been highly important to the history of Moderna Museet, both in Sweden and internationally."

"The Girl, the Monster and the Goddess" will open 12 May and run through 9 September 2012. On the opening day of the exhibition, 12 May at 3 pm, curator Joa Ljungberg will give a guided tour of the exhibition (in Swedish). Read more.

Pictured above: Niki de Saint Phalle, "L'accouchement rose," 1964. © 2012 Niki Charitable Art Foundation.
 

The Pleasures, Politics, and Proto-Feminisms of Pop Art

From part one of a new interview with Allison Unruh and Kalliopi Minioudaki by Michael Dooley on "Pop and Politics," part of the College Art Association's 100th annual conference held recently in Los Angeles:

"...Our main goal was to 'promote discussion about previously overlooked intersections of Pop and politics in its varied international contexts, and to forge new ways of thinking about the political in the context of Pop.' There have been, of course, productive denouncements of Pop's superficiality in light of significant previous investigations of some of Pop’s meaningful social and political dimensions, and there seems to be a recent consensus about the criticality of Pop's often ambiguous — simultaneously celebratory and critical — embrace of pop culture. But we agreed that there remains a need to further investigate the various political aspects of Pop in greater depth." Read more.

Part two of the interview, entitled Pop Art, Politics, and Critiques of Contemporary Culture, discusses popular culture, capitalist critique, and female empowerment. Both parts of the interview, nimbly conducted by Michael Dooley, provide great insights into the workings of pop culture and the thinking of two exceptionally brilliant women.

Pictured above: Niki de Saint-Phalle, "King Kong," 1963. © 2012 Niki Charitable Art Foundation. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Sudul.
 

Laurent Condominas: From Then to Now

Here is Elsewhere gallery in West Hollywood is presenting "From Then to Now," the first US show of photographer Laurent Condominas, an artist who is both part of Niki de Saint Phalle's family and the creator of many of the best known photos of Niki and her work. His oeuvre is described thus by La Lettre de la Photographie:

"His photos focus notably on his family and friends, a 'Band of Outsiders' which would become part of the 1970s artistic avant-garde. A 'poetry of everyday life' appears in this work, which takes small details of banal situations and elevates them into political and sometimes philosophical comments. Condominas' use of light and color, his attention to detail, and his sense of the absurd also draw a parallel with the California avant-garde of the same time. Hence his work captures the freshness and innocence which, at the time, symbolized youth culture. In a more nostalgic light, they ultimately reveal the end of an era, the turning point when consumerism and normality took over."

Condominas figured in the 1960s French avant-garde scene, having been part of the Zanzibar Films group known as the "Dandies of May '68," as well as appearing in films from Andy Warhol's Factory group. His work has been published in Elle, Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, Art in America, and TATE and has been shown internationally at Tokyo's Space Nikki, Musée de Las Palmas, and many other museums.

"From Then to Now" is at HiE in the Pacific Design Center at 8687 Melrose Avenue, Suite B231 (Blue Building, Second Floor) in West Hollywood. For more information, visit the HiE web site or call +1.310.904.8966.

Pictured above: Laurent Condominas, "Quatre générations," 1973 (Niki de Saint Phalle, center, with her mother Jeanne Jacqueline, her daughter Laura, and her grand-daughter Bloum).
 

Koeln-Journal on 'Niki de Saint Phalle: Spiel Mit Mir'

The German-language Koeln-Journal writes about the exhibition "Niki de Saint Phalle: Spiel Mit Mir," at the Max Ernst Museum in Bruehl, Germany. The article begins:

"Ihre Kunst wirkt herrlich kindlich und harmonisch. Man kann sagen: Niki de Saint Phalle brachte ihre Träume aufs Papier. Aber auch wenn die bunten Werke Fröhlichkeit ausstrahlen, ihre künstlerische Karriere begann keinesfalls unbeschwert..."

In English:

"Her art is wonderfully childlike and harmonious. You could say that Niki de Saint Phalle brought her dreams to paper. But even if the colorful works radiate happiness, her artistic career's beginnings were by no means carefree..."  Read more.

"Niki de Saint Phalle: Spiel Mit Mir" will be open to the public through 3 June 2012.  Learn more about the exhibition.
 

The Pompidou's Traveling Art Circus

Chaumont-sur-Marne, a town of 30,000 in eastern France, is the first stop of the new Pompidou Mobile, a traveling gallery of modern and contemporary art conceived by Alain Seban, current director of the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Curator Emma Lavigne was chosen to put together "La Couleur," the Pompidou Mobile's first show, which opened in Chaumont in mid-October and runs there until 15 January. Inside the traveling exhibition's tents are 14 masterpieces from the Paris museum's permanent collection. Artists include modern masters — Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Léger, Alexander Calder, and Niki de Saint Phalle — and a sprinkling of contemporary artists including Olafur Eliasson and Bruce Nauman. Entrance to the museum is free, a rarity in France. The museum will next set up camp on its tour of France early next year in Cambrai, then heads to Boulogne-sur-Mer in May. Read more.
 

NCAF Donates 'Tir de l'Ambassade Américaine' to MoMA

The Niki Charitable Art Foundation is delighted to announce the recent gift of a work of great historical and artistic significance by Niki de Saint Phalle to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

"Tir de l'Ambassade Américaine (Shooting Painting American Embassy), 20 June 1961" is a work created by Niki de Saint Phalle for a performance of the composition "Variations II" by John Cage. The composition was realized by David Tudor for the amplified piano on June 20, 1961, at the Theater of the Embassy of the United States in Paris. The décor for the performance was entrusted to Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely, and Niki de Saint Phalle. The shooting ("tir") of the rifle in the creation of this work did not take place during the concert, but before.

"Tir de l'Ambassade Américaine (Shooting Painting American Embassy), 20 June 1961," given to MoMA in September 2011, is currently on exhibit on the fourth floor of the museum. Photos of the installation are by photographer Thomas Griesel.

Tir de l'Ambassade Américaine (Shooting Painting American Embassy), 20 June 1961
96.5 x 26 x 8.7 inches
245 x 66 x 22 cm
Paint, plaster, wood, plastic bags, shoe, twine, metal seat, axe, metal can, toy gun, wire mesh, and other objects on wood
 

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