NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE – JOIE DE VIVRE is an unprecedented exposition of sculptures and engravings by Niki de Saint Phalle.

The exhibition was shown first in Portugal and then in three venues in the Province of Grosseto, Italy, over the summer 2009 and for lands in Andorra in 2010. On show also all the drawings about the Tarot Garden. This exhibition was the inspiration for the big one that was held later in Rome.

NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE – FONDAZIONE ROMA MUSEO, Rome: is an anthological exhibition with more than 100 works in all by Niki de Saint Phalle, (Neuilly-sur-Seine, 1930 – San Diego, 2002), an artist, writer and performer whose extraordinary career defied classification and transcended fashion, and was matched by her eventful and glamorous life.

The path chosen by the curator follows the artist’s interior development and allows for the parallel creation of an exhibition that brings together numerous paintings from the artist’s early career, in the fifties and sixties, together with the famous multicoloured statues (the Nanas) that Niki de Saint Phalle is famous for throughout the world.

The exhibition is divided into four chapters, “The Rooms of Memory”, “The Origins”, “Spiritual Path”, “The Nana Power” and “The Tarot Garden”. The last section in the exhibition, gives visitors the chance to see the sketches and designs that led to the creation of the famous Tarot Garden in Capalbio, inspired by Gaudì’s Parc Guell in Barcelona and built at the artist’s own expense and with the help of her husband Jean Tinguely.


ANDORRA. Sant Julià de Lòria, Museu del Tabac. June – October 2010

ITALY. Rome, Fondazione Roma Museo del Corso. November 2009 – January 2010

ITALY. Massa Marittima, Arcidosso, Sorano (Gr), Musei della Maremma. June – October 2009

PORTUGAL. Évora, Fondazione Eugénio de Almeida. January – May 2009