Niki de Saint Phalle Tableaux Éclatés

04.30–06.22.2024
Niki de Saint Phalle | Tableaux Éclatés
Salon 94 89th Street

“With this work...I began to reassemble the shattered pieces of my soul and psyche.”

— Niki de Saint Phalle

This April Salon 94 is proud to present our second solo exhibition of the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle, focusing on five of her late career Tableaux Éclatés, the series first exhibited in the artist’s retrospective at the Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris in 1993. The dynamic Tableaux Éclatés (“bursting paintings”) are vibrant, mechanized pictures depicting landscapes upon which animals and still lives, as well as Saint Phalle’s trademark Nanas, dance across beaches, deserts, and seas. Each painting’s composition is animated through an intricate motorized armature activated through a photo sensor: when the artwork recognizes a viewer, internal motors trigger motion of the work’s disparate elements or illuminate the scene with brilliant electric bulbs. No two works perform in the same manner–while the fragmenting of figures appears across the tableaux, lights behave differently as they flash within setting suns and a kaleidoscopic womb, or even extend out into space.

For more information on this exhibition and the work of Niki de Saint Phalle, please contact Nicolas Ochart.