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Niki de Saint Phalle – The Big Shots

To start off the major presentation of its collection, the Sprengel Museum Hannover is showcasing a selection of Niki de Saint Phalle’s best works in the front hall from 27 April onwards. These stem from the artist’s generous donation to the museum in 2000.

Niki de Saint Phalle – The Big Shots präsentiert Niki de Saint Phalles Entwicklung anhand ihrer Meisterwerke von der Mitte der 1950er bis in die 1990er-Jahre.

"Niki de Saint Phalle – The Big Shots" presents Niki de Saint Phalle’s development based on her masterpieces from the mid-1950s to the 1990s. The shooting paintings bespeak her early emancipation as an artist in the art scene, such as the pivotal Hommage to Bob Rauschenberg (Shot by Rauschenberg) (1961), produced by Niki with reference to Robert Rauschenberg, at the time already a famous assemblage artist, at which the artist himself shot.
In addition, the large material pictures from the 1960s will be on display, in which the artist for one thing took her leave from patriarchy (such as in La mort du patriarche [1962]), and for another becomes recognisable as a political activist in her proximity to Pop Art (such as in Kennedy-Kroutchev [1963]) or Heads of State (Study for King Kong) [1963]).
She deals with her role as a woman, companion and artist in the “brides,” of which the large work La mariée à cheval (Bride on Horseback) (1963–97) is the most outstanding with its reformulation of a girl’s dream of becoming a princess.
The small and the large Gwendolyn (1965 and 1966–90) are important examples of the artist’s early “Nanas” held by the Sprengel Museum Hannover.
The Tarot Garden, which Niki de Saint Phalle began working on in the 1970s, will be presented, complete with the models for it, on a stage-like platform.
Large-format sculptures with mosaics conclude the presentation, such as the Obélisque de miroirs (1993), which presages the grotto in the Herrenhausen Gardens in Hannover from 2000.
Following the major Niki de Saint Phalle retrospectives at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2014 and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in 2015, for which the Sprengel Museum Hannover was the main lender, Saint Phalle’s masterpieces can again be viewed in an extensive presentation in Hannover.

Event(s): 27.04.2016 to 29.01.2017
Wednesdays  Thursdays  Fridays  Saturdays  Sundays 
from 10:00 to 18:00 o'clock
27.04.2016 to 29.01.2017
from 10:00 to 20:00 o'clock
from 10:00 to 18:00 o'clock

Sprengel Museum Hannover

  • Kurt-Schwitters-Platz 1
  • 30169 Hannover
Weiße Stahlskulptur mit spiralförmigen Elementen vor einem Gebäude. ©

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