Niki de Saint Phalle, Les Baigneurs-Bathing
Couple, 1983, Copyright 2005 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION, All
| Niki in the Garden
The Extraordinary Sculptures of Niki de
April 29 - October 31, 2006
Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia
|About the Artist
Niki de Saint Phalle was born in 1930 in
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France and raised in New York City. Saint Phalle
was a self-taught artist.
A founding member and only female
involved in the Noveau Realisme movement, Saint Phalle met with prominent
avant-garde artists like Christo, Yves Klein and Arman while she was in
Developing crippling rheumatoid arthritis
later in life that made it very hard for her to use her hands and even
walk, she never stopped working day in and day out while in the midst of a
project. Her art was her life, and she was determined to live it. In the
early 1990's Saint Phalle settled in southern California, and in 2000 she
was awarded the acclaimed 12th Premium Imperial Prize in the sculpture
category, considered the Nobel Prize equivalent to those in the art world.
She remained in California until her death in 2002.
Niki de Saint Phalle Abre Serpents,
2005 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION
All rights reserved
Photo Credit: Copyright Silvina Rostan
Niki de Saint Phalle, Bull Totem_,
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Photo credit: Copyright Tim Herr
Opening April 29 2006, Niki in the
Garden, presented by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., will be the
world's largest exhibition of internationally renowned artist Niki de
Saint Phalle's outdoor sculptures ever presented. On the scale of Chihuly
in the Garden in 2004, this spectacular exhibition features Saint
Phalle's imaginative, monumental artwork beautifully displayed throughout
the Garden for six months.
The magical and joyful works include enormous animals, mythical figures,
totems, sports heroes and most famously her Nanas -- oversized,
often dancing, powerful women celebrating life. These sculptures are
brilliantly embellished with mirrors, glass, semi-precious stones and
ceramic mosaics that come to life in all kinds of light. Massive in scale,
some pieces reach as high as 18 feet and span up to 25 feet long. Many
invite sitting, climbing or crawling through secret passages.
The exhibition will be on view during
evening hours with Niki Nights
every Thursday starting in May. Guests will be invited to enjoy the
sculptures specially lit for dramatic effect at night.
Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase during Niki
Open Tuesday - Sunday
April - October: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.*
Closed Mondays except Monday holidays such as Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
*Beginning May 4, the Garden will have extend hours until 9 p.m. every
Thursday for Niki
Receive $2 off admission every Tuesday during regular hours.
Extended hours until 9 p.m. every Thursday, May - October.
Niki de Saint Phalle, Guardian Lion,
2000, Copyright 2005 NIKI CHARITABLE ART FOUNDATION, All rights
reserved, Photo Credit: Copyright Sarah Carmody
DIRECTIONS TO THE ATLANTA BOTANICAL
Exit onto 14th Street and go east. 14th
Street dead-ends into Piedmont Avenue. Turn left. The Atlanta Botanical
Garden's entrance is on the right at the first traffic light, which is
between 14th Street and Monroe Drive. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is
adjacent to Piedmont Park on Piedmont Avenue.
Take the MARTA train to the Arts Center
Station and transfer to the #36 North Decatur bus. On Sunday, take the #27
There is limited parking available at the