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Niki de Saint Phalle:
Structures for Life

March 11-September 6, 2021

MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 presents the first New York museum exhibition of the work of visionary feminist artist Niki de Saint Phalle (American and French, 1930‒2002). On view from March 11 to September 6, 2021, Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life will feature over 200 works created from the mid-1960s until the artist’s death, including sculptures, prints, drawings, jewelry, films, and archival materials. Highlighting Saint Phalle’s interdisciplinary approach and engagement with key social and political issues, the exhibition will focus on works that she created to transform environments, individuals, and society.

 

Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life is made possible through the generous support of La Prairie Switzerland

Major support is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

Additional funding is provided by Lise Stolt-Nielsen, MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, The Deborah Buck Foundation, the Blue Rider Group at Morgan Stanley, and the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

 

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Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Installation view of Niki de Saint Phalle: Structures for Life, on view at MoMA PS1, New York, from March 11 to September 6, 2021. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Niki de Saint Phalle. Mini Nana maison. c. 1968. Painted polyester. 6 5/16 × 5 7/8 × 3 9/16″ (16 × 15 × 9 cm). Photo: Aaron Serafino. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle with Ricardo Menon, surrounded by models of monumental projects, Malibu, California, 1979. Photo: Ronnie Kaufman.

Photograph for the book Noah’s Ark: Play Sculpture, Jerusalem, 1998. Photo: Lynton Gardiner. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle. La fontaine Stravinsky. c. 1983. Photo: Green Moon Marketing. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle. Tir neuf trous—Edition MAT. 1964. Paint in plastic bags, embedded in plaster on wood. 27 15/16 × 20 7/8″ (71 × 53.1 cm). Photo: NCAF Archives. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle. Cover of AIDS, You Can’t Catch It Holding Hands. 1986. Book; published by Bucher. Photo: NCAF Archives. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle. Interior view of Empress, Tarot Garden, Garavicchio, Italy © 2020 FONDAZIONE IL GIARDINO DEI TAROCCHI. Photo: Peter Granser

Niki de Saint Phalle. Tarot Garden, Garavicchio, Italy. © 2021 FONDAZIONE IL GIARDINO DEI TAROCCHI. Photo: Peter Granser.

Niki de Saint Phalle. Flaçon de parfum. 1982. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle. Global Warming. 2001. Lithograph and stickers. 22 1/4 × 24 7/16″ (56.5 × 62.1 cm). Photo: NCAF Archives. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Visitors entering Hon. 1966. © Hans Hammarskiöld Heritage. Photo: Hans Hammarskiöld

Niki de Saint Phalle. La femme et L’oiseau fontaine. 1967–88. Painted polyester resin. 137 3/4 × 118 1/8 × 82 5/8″ (349.9 × 300 × 209.9 cm). © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle. Maquette for Le dragon de Knokke. c. 1973. 

Painted polyester. 18 1/2 × 51 15/16 × 48 1/16″ (47 × 132 × 122 cm). Photo: Katrin Baumann. © 2021 Niki Charitable Art Foundation

Niki de Saint Phalle. Tarot Garden. 1991. Lithograph, 23.7 x 31.5″ (60.3 x 80 cm). © 2020 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION. Photo: Ed Kessler

Niki de Saint Phalle. What is now known was once only imagined. 1979. Offset print. © 2020 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION. Photo: NCAF Archives

Niki de Saint Phalle at Tarot Garden, Garavicchio, Italy, 1980s. Photographer unknown.

Niki with “Clarice Again” at her front garden, outside of Paris, France. 1981. Gelatin Silver Print. 12 3/16 x 8 ¼” (31 x 21 cm). Photo: Michiko Matsumoto © Michiko Matsumoto

Niki at The High Priestess in the Tarot Garden, Tuscany, Italy. 1985. Gelatin Silver Print. 8 ⅜ x 12 ⅜” (21.3 x 31.5 cm). Photo: Michiko Matsumoto © Michiko Matsumoto