The Niki Charitable Art Foundation is delighted to announce the recent gift of a work of great historical and artistic significance by Niki de Saint Phalle to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.
“Tir de l’Ambassade Américaine (Shooting Painting American Embassy), 20 June 1961” is a work created by Niki de Saint Phalle for a performance of the composition “Variations II” by John Cage. The composition was realized by David Tudor for the amplified piano on June 20, 1961, at the Theater of the Embassy of the United States in Paris. The décor for the performance was entrusted to Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jean Tinguely, and Niki de Saint Phalle. The shooting (“tir”) of the rifle in the creation of this work did not take place during the concert, but before.
“Tir de l’Ambassade Américaine (Shooting Painting American Embassy), 20 June 1961,” given to MoMA in September 2011, is currently on exhibit on the fourth floor of the museum. Photos of the installation are by photographer Thomas Griesel.
Tir de l’Ambassade Américaine (Shooting Painting American Embassy), 20 June 1961
96.5 x 26 x 8.7 inches
245 x 66 x 22 cm
Paint, plaster, wood, plastic bags, shoe, twine, metal seat, axe, metal can, toy gun, wire mesh, and other objects on wood