Multifaceted’ Niki at Kunsthalle Würth

“Niki de Saint Phalle: Play With Me,” surveying the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, opened 17 April at the Kunsthalle Würth in the Schwäbisch Hall, Künzelsau, Germany. reports:

“The Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall shows the wide-ranging oeuvre of the multifaceted artist Niki de Saint Phalle, undoubtedly one of the most important artists of the 20th century, in a large survey exhibition. Through her paintings, assemblages, shooting paintings (tirs), sculptures and installations, this artist created a unique cosmos which established her international reputation.” Read the full story here.

Curated by Guido Magnaguagno, former director of the Tinguely Museum in Basel, the exhibition presents more than 150 of Niki’s works. It includes sculptures from the Würth Collection and works on loan from the Niki Charitable Art Foundation, the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, the Musée d’art moderne in Nice, and other private and public lenders. It also includes films by the artist, key works by her partner Jean Tinguely, and paintings by her first teacher, Hugh Weiss. The exhibition runs from 17 April to 16 October 2011.

Above: A visitor passes between Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Kingfisher Totem” (L) and her “Bird Head Totem” (R) at the “Play With Me” exhibition preview at the Kunsthalle Würth in Künzelsau, Germany. (EPA/BERND WEISSBROD)