Mythic Figures Appear In Garden
26 April 2006
Opening April 29 2006, Niki in the Garden, will be the world's largest exhibition of internationally renowned artist Niki de Saint Phalle's outdoor sculptures ever presented. On the scale of Chihuly in the Garden in 2004, this spectacular exhibition features Saint Phalle's imaginative, monumental artwork beautifully displayed throughout the Garden for six months.
A passionately imaginative and self-taught artist, Saint Phalle rejected the traditional role of femininity and rigid social definitions in both her personal and artistic life. A founding member and only female involved in the Noveau Realisme movement, Saint Phalle met with prominent avant-garde artists like Christo, Yves Klein and Arman while she was in Paris. Her involvement with this new style of art and her interaction with other subscribing artists influenced her work from that point forward. She became a citizen of the world, sojourning in Asia, Africa and Europe to glean inspiration for the construction of her art.
Niki in the Garden is made possible by the Niki Charitable Art Foundation (NCAF), a non-profit organization committed to the late artist's ideals and the preservation of her legacy for future generations. "Niki was a force who needed projects," says Bloum Cardenas, Saint Phalle's granddaughter and also a trustee of the NCAF. "She had a huge drive throughout her life."
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