In an extensive exhibition, the SCHIRN illuminates the multifaceted work of an extraordinary artist


Secure your tickets now for the major exhibition about Niki de Saint Phalle. Tickets for the coveted weekend visits cost 14 €. If you visit the exhibition during the week, you can enjoy the long opening hours and at the same time secure a price advantage and pay only 12 €. The tickets are valid for a single visit during the entire duration without time commitment.

Leonardo Bezzola, Niki de Saint Phalle, Luzern, 1969, Kunsthaus Zürich, Photo © Nachlass Leonardo Bezzola, © Niki Charitable Art Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021


3 February till 21 May 2023

Niki Saint Phalle (1930–2002) is one of the most famous women artists of her generation and is deemed a main representative of European Pop Art and a cocreator of the Happening. The SCHIRN is presenting the wide-ranging oeuvre of the French-American visionary in a comprehensive exhibition that, through around one hundred works, offers an overview of all of her practice’s phases.

In the five decades of her creative work, Saint Phalle developed an unmistakable language of form and a multifaceted oeuvre. The Nanas, her colorful large-format sculptures of women, laid the foundations for her international success and are regarded to this day as her trademark.

 In her work, she repeatedly articulated a plea for women and the feminine. She criticized institutions and conventional models and addressed social and political issues in her work, including war and violence as well as the stigmatization associated with AIDS, the right to abortion, gun laws, and climate change. By the 1960s she was creating her legendary Shooting Pictures in spectacular performances, in which she involved the audience. Her drawings, writings, and large-scale sculptures, as well as plays, films, and installations in public space, bear witness to the transformative power of her art, which reached its climax in her architectural life’s work, the Tarot Garden in Tuscany.

An exhibition in cooperation with the Kunsthaus Zürich.

Sponsored by

Dr. Marschner Stiftung

Media partners

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung