Niki De Saint Phalle became a success in the 1960s, by defying artistic conventions. With art exhibitions at Salon 94 and MoMa PS1, her work is admired, and considered a crucial contribution to the art world! Keep reading to discover how the artistic heritage she left is truly timeless.
I used to think there was a need to provoke, to attack religion, and the generals. And then I understood that there is nothing more shocking than joy.Niki de Saint Phalle
This quote set the tone for the art exhibition at Salon 94. Entitled “Joy Revolution”, the show runs through April 24, and it features important historical works, such as sculptures, editioned furniture, rarely-seen paintings, and works on paper! The purpose is to celebrate the artist’s philosophy of revolutionary joy, a concept of her utopic vision of an equal matriarchal society.
Her journey through art started when the artist found it as an escape and therapy. Educated on New York’s Upper East Side, her career began as a model, at the age of 18, and soon was in the covers of Elle, Life, and Vogue. After marrying and forming a family, they relocated to France, where she suffered a nervous breakdown due to her relationship with her husband. After taking electroshock treatment, she found art as therapy and became obsessed with painting and drawing.
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Even before anyone identified her as a feminist artist, Saint Phalle created symbolic figures that embodied revolutionary gender politics. Throughout her career, Saint Phalle shaped women’s empowerment in her sculptural works.
The MoMA PS1 show, “Structures for Life” is on view during September 6, and stars more than 200 artworks where Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and commitment to pressing social issues stand out!
This art exhibition is one of the most surprising shows of the season! With a heavy focus on her later, monumental work in parks and different outdoor spaces: walk-in constructions, artworks connecting architecture and public art, where caves are covered in mirrors and monsters’ pink tongues turn into slides, are just some examples!
One of the artist’s most famous works is Hon, a sculpture shaped like a reclining pregnant woman, where people are able to enter the figure through an opening between her legs to see an interactive multimedia installation inside.