The Menil Collection presents "Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s" closing day

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The Menil Collection presents "Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s"
Niki de Saint Phalle, Lili ou Tony, 1965. Paint, fabrics, papier collé, polyester, resin, and wire mesh, 93 1/4 × 51 3/8 × 31 1/8 in. Photo courtesy of Niki Charitable Art Foundation / ADAGP, Paris, 2021

The Menil Collection will present "Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s," the first show to focus on the experimental and prolific work of French American artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) during this pivotal decade, featuring numerous works from European collections that will be displayed in the United States for the first time.

The exhibition explores a transformative 10-year period in Saint Phalle’s work, when she embarked on two significant series: the Tirs, or “shooting paintings,” and the powerful Nanas, lively sculptures of the female form. Affirming the artist’s place in postwar art history, this show highlights these prescient works of performance, participatory, and feminist art, as well as her transatlantic projects and collaborations.

"Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s" brings together major paintings, assemblages, and sculptures from this prolific chapter in the artist’s career, as well as extensive film and photographic documentation from the
Menil Collection Archives.

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The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006


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Admission is free.