The retrospective of ca. 100 works showcases the exceptional oeuvre of Niki de Saint Phalle, including early assemblages, action art and graphic works, the Nanas, the Tarot Garden and large, late sculptures.

Big and bright, restrained and subtle

Admission

CHF 23.–/18.– (concessions and groups) inclusive Collection.
Free admission for members, children and young people under the age of 17.

Note for groups

We look forward to welcoming you to the Kunsthaus. For organizational reasons, prior registration is required. info@kunsthaus.ch, +41 44 253 84 84

PLAN YOUR VISIT

Niki de Saint Phalle (1930–2002), a leading female artist of the 20th century, gained worldwide fame with her ‘Nanas’, which exemplify the seemingly carefree cheerfulness typically associated with the artist. Yet there is much more to her than that.

Her output is surprisingly multifaceted – eccentric, emotional, dark and brutal, humorous, enigmatic and often challenging. Its remarkably broad spectrum ranges from painting and drawing to assemblages, actions and large-format sculptures, and even theatre, film and architecture.

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L‘accouchement rose, 1964, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Donation 1964 from the artist Photo: Moderna Museet/Stockholm © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich
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King-Kong, 1962, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Donation 1972 from the artist Photo: Moderna Museet/Stockholm © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich
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Exhibition view, photo © Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich
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I Am the Nana Dream House, 1969, Musée d‘art et d‘histoire de Fribourg Photo: Musée d‘art et d‘histoire Fribourg © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich
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My love, where shall we make love? 1971, Kunsthaus Zürich, 2021 © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich
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Exhibition view, photo © Franca Candrian, Kunsthaus Zürich
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Tea Party, ou Le Thé chez Angelina, 1971, mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, on loan from the Österreichische Ludwig-Stiftung, since 1981 Photo: mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich
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Shooting-Painting (Tir), Edition 7/100 from the Edition MAT, 1964, Collection Museum Haus Konstruktiv, donation of the Rolf and Friedel Gutmann Collection Photo: Stefan Altenburger, © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich
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Little Nana, 1968, ahlers collection Photo: Thomas Ganzenmüller, Hannover, © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich

Where is the exhibition located?

In the large exhibition hall on the 1st floor of the Moser Building. See our online visitor guide!

She was intensely concerned with social and political issues, challenging institutions and established societal roles in ways that give her work an enduring and contemporary relevance. With her legendary ‘Shooting Paintings’, created in provocative actions as far back as the 1960s, Niki de Saint Phalle made a pivotal contribution to the art of performance that is so topical today. Against this backdrop, retracing her artistic career casts a different light on many of her works, especially the ‘Nanas’ and the large installations in the public space. The selection of works for this exhibition offers an insight into the complex and highly interesting career of this exceptional artist – and, of course, a colourful and diverse visual treat that Christoph Becker has curated as his final exhibition for the Kunsthaus.

The exhibition is a cooperation with the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

Ill above: Nana Mosaïque Noire, 1999, Würth Collection Photo: Franca Candrian © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLitteris, Zurich

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Un rêve plus long que la nuit, 1976 Film poster, Fondation pour l’art moderne et contemporain, MAHF Fribourg Photo: Musée d‘art et d‘histoire Fribourg, © 2022 Niki Charitable Art Foundation, All rights reserved / ProLi

Public guided tour

Want to learn more about the exhibition? Our art educators will explain in detail the background to some selected works and explore with you their various layers of meaning.

  • Englisch: Sat 1. October at 1 p.m.
  • Costs: Exhibition Ticket + CHF 6.– / CHF 4.– (concessions and members)

Registration via Agenda!

Private guided tour

We will be happy to organize a tour tailored to the needs of your group.

  • Max. 20 people
  • German, English, French, Italian
  • CHF 190.– (German) / CHF 220.– (other languages) + Admission Ticket (group tarif)
  • Duration: 1 hour

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