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The two side of a colourful lady

After a short safari in the zoo I like to go back to the museum. Back to one of my favourites: The Cobra Museum in Amsterveen.
I’m continuing the “Statue” series and after:

The Lady’s furniture
The Captured TE member
The Awaking Giant
The Naked man
The Sleeping Beauty
The Marble Lady

Now the two side of a very colourful lady

The front side is showed here after glass with our humble photographer in reflection.
The backside in the workshop, with a strong backlight for a strong contrast.

This statue is of Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002)
The French sculptor and painter was born in 1930 in Neuilly sur Seine near Paris. Her parents go to New York in 1933, from where she returns to France in 1951. The first assemblages are created in 1956. Starting up in 1961 she organizes happenings in cooperation with her husband Tinguely.
She comes into contact with the group "Nouveaux Réalistes" in Paris. In 1964 she begins to model her well-known brightcoloured and voluminous "Nana"-plastics. Installation of an enormous woman sculpture ("Hon"), which could be entered by the visitors in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1966 and arrangement of further "sculpture houses". In 1967 follows a single exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam/Netherlands.
In 1968 she takes part in the exhibition "Dada, Surrealism and their Heritage" in the New York Museum of Modern Art. Niki de Saint Phalle died after a long serious illness in May 2002 in San Diego (USA) as a result of the unprotected work with her preferred material Polyester lasting for years.

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