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Niki de Saint Phalle painting the sculpture “Le monde”, ca. 1981 © Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / Photo: Unknown

 

Henie Onstad: Niki de Saint Phalle Retrospective

Location: Høvikodden, Norway

Dates: 16 September 2022 – 12 February 2023

Curator: Caroline Ugelstad

For the very first time in Norway, the Henie Onstad Art Center is showing a large retrospective exhibition with Niki de Saint Phalle.

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002) first made a name for herself on the international art scene at the turn of the 1960s. Together with artists such as Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle was at this time early on in developing a new role as an artist in close dialogue with the television medium in particular.

She was a key player in the new generation of young artists who, in the early 1960s, broke the boundaries of what a work of art could be. Rather than a static sculpture or painting, art could also be an event or a performance, experimental artists such as Saint Phalle showed us at this time. Saint Phalle had a clear socio-political agenda and a feminist commitment throughout her career. Increasingly, she worked in close dialogue with society and her audience, whom she also invited into large architectural constructions in public spaces from the mid-1970s.

Saint Phalle was a pioneer of her time who broke the boundaries of what a woman could think and do in public. She broke the boundaries for herself and for other women.

The exhibition deals with the most important thematic periods in Saint Phalle’s artistry in a “semi-chronological” presentation. It shows the first oil paintings and Saint Phalle’s work with assemblages in the late 1950s before we are invited into her famous “Skyte paintings”. It presents her “white period” and the many and different sculptures of women in all colors and shapes, so-called “Nanas”.

It also addresses Saint Phalle’s interest in film and theatre, devoting space to her work in public space culminating in the large Tarot garden in Tuscany, which she worked on until her death.

The exhibition’s over 100 works are on loan from central institutions in the USA and Europe such as the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Sprengel Museum Hannover and MAMAC in Nice, as well as various private patrons and in close collaboration with the Niki de Saint Phalle Charitable Foundation.

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

 

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