Niki de Saint Phalle. The Birth of the Nanas


We are honored and proud to present the work of Niki de Saint Phalle for the first time at KunstHausWien The exhibition consists of 90 works from the donation
"Niki de Saint Phalle LA FÊTE", Sprengel Museum, with paintings, collages, assemblages, sculptures and maquettes, further drawingsand original graphic works such as the famous series "Nana Power" or "My Love".

 The exhibition "The birth of the Nanas" is celebrating Niki de Saint Phalle in the Sixties. This was the decade in which she came to world fame with two major actions and inventions. The first, right at the beginning of the Sixties, consists of her assemblages and shooting pictures in which she took an almost political stand against violence and patriarchal society. Niki's performances received worldwide publicity, and the young artist was dubbed a "Diana of Montparnasse", an avenging huntress. With the invention of the Nanas, the female figures that carry in them all aspects of femininity, her challenge to the violent male world became exceptionally popular. In 1966 she presented "Hon" in Stockholm, a gigantic reclining female figure. The fact that the figure could be entered via the vagina was a slap in the face to "decent" citizens of the day. Niki de Saint Phalle became a household name in the Sixties.

On 19th November 2000 Niki de Saint Phalle gave over 360 of her works to the City of Hannover and the Sprengel Museum in Hannover. Ranging from the early assemblages to the "shooting" pictures, sculptures, drawings and art prints, the collection covers all the main creative periods up until the Eighties.