Leonardo Bezzola, Niki de Saint Phalle, Luzern 1969, Kunsthaus Zürich © Nachlass Leonardo Bezzola © Niki Charitable, Art Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Enlarge image: Schwarz-Weiß-Fotografie, auf der eine Frau mit Hut und Farbdose in der Hand hinter einer Skulptur hervor direkt in die Kamera schaut


3 February - 21 May 2023

Niki de Saint Phalle is one of the most well known artists of her gener­a­tion. The visionary outsider devel­oped a distinc­tive design vocab­u­lary and created an oeuvre as uncon­ven­tional as it is multi­fac­eted. The Nanas—her colorful, large-format female figures—laid the foun­da­tion for her inter­na­tional success and are still regarded as her trade­mark. But the self-taught artist’s creative spec­trum is much broader, and her oeuvre is more subver­sive and crit­ical of society than is widely assumed.

In an exten­sive exhi­bi­tion, the SCHIRN will shed light on the wide-ranging work of this extra­or­di­nary artist. Niki de Saint Phalle devel­oped her art based on her processing of very personal emotions and on a radi­cally femi­nist posi­tion. She took up social and polit­ical topics, crit­i­cized insti­tu­tions and role models, and with her art addressed public discourses that still have rele­vance today. Her legendary Shooting Pictures were created during provoca­tive perfor­mances, and her impres­sive instal­la­tions in public space bear witness to the trans­for­ma­tive impact of her art, which devel­oped through painting, drawing, assem­blages, actions, as well as in theater, film, and archi­tec­ture.

Recommended Editorial Content

At this place you find external content. Embedding is inactive. To show this content, you must activate it here. By activating cookies will be set on your device, your IP address will be stored and personal data will be sent to third party servers in the USA. For more information, see our data privacy statement.

Click her to activate media

View location on Google Maps

60311 Frankfurt

+49 (0)69 299 88 20

U: 4, 5 (Dom / Römer) Tram: 11, 12, 14 (Römer / Paulskirche)
TUE – SUN 10 am – 7 pm
WED – THUR 10 am – 10 pm

Without a barrier

WC wheelchair accessible

You might also be interested in