Niki de Saint Phalle “Structures for life”
MoMA PS1 – Mar 10 to Sep 5, 2021 New-York (United States)
From the start of her career in the 1950s, Niki de Saint Phalle (American and French, 1930‒2002) challenged artistic conventions. Create overtly feminist works. Performative, collaborative and monumental. His first major American exhibition, Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, presents more than 200 works that highlight Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach. Its commitment to urgent social problems. Innovation was at the heart of Saint Phalle’s approach: from start to finish, she imagined new ways of inhabiting the world.
Saint Phalle produced fantastic and figurative houses. Parks and playgrounds. These structures were charged imaginative spaces from which she envisioned the emergence of experimental societies. Places “where we could have a new type of life, just to be free”. At the center of this vision was Tarot Garden. A massive sculptural installation outside of Rome, open to the public since 1998. The intricate details and organic forms of the garden structures. Based on the 22 major arcana of the tarot deck, underline Saint Phalle’s conviction that art can alter perception and change reality.
Saint Phalle is also committed to the policy of social space in his work. Addressing topics ranging from women’s rights to climate change. In HIV / AIDS awareness, she has often been at the forefront of addressing pressing issues of her time. In particular, his work to de-stigmatize HIV / AIDS is highlighted through works related to his illustrated book AIDS: You Can’t Catch It Holding Hands (1986).
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