The work of French sculptor, painter and film-maker Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) is the subject of an exhibition that provides a general overview of the unconventional artist.
Saint Phalle first came to public recognition in the 1960s for her "shooting paintings" - art works created by shooting polythene bags of paints in human forms on white plaster. She was also known for her Nanas sculptures inspired by the female body and the role of women in society.
In the latter part of her life she worked for almost 20 years on a monumental sculpture park in the Garavicchio area of Tuscany, about 100 north-west of Rome. The Giardino dei Tarocchi contains colourful sculptures based on Tarot card imagery. It was funded mainly by the Agnelli family, of Fiat fame, and opened in 1998.
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Niki De Saint Phalle
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