Saint Phalle Niki de
The painter, performance artist and sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle was born in Paris, grew up in New York, and has worked in Switzerland, France, Israel, Italy and most recently in California. Her husband, Jean Tinguely was her congenial adviser and aide. Niki de St Phalle became world-famous through her jolly, colourful and voluminous “Nana” figures, of which her large-scale project for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, an accessible 27m lying figure of a woman, is her most renowned and most provocative work. Niki de St Phalle counts among the most productive and famous pop-artists of the international art scene. She received a lifetime achievement award, the Praemium Imperale, so-called “Nobel Prize of the Arts”, by the Japan Art Association. She has been given freedom of the city of Hanover and has bequeathed 300 or her works to the local Sprengel Museum on that occasion.
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