Niki de Saint Phalle

March 5th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Though her Tarot work is not part of this exhibition, if you happen to be in Bilbao, Spain, and are a fan of Niki de Saint Phalle, creator of the Tarot Garden, you really should try to get down to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao sometime between now and June 11th.

Niki de Saint Phalle is a major retrospective of this incredible artist’s work and includes over 200 pieces and archive documents, some of which have never been published.

In the video below, Álvaro Rodriguez Fominaya, one of the show’s curators, gives us a little sneak peak of what to expect. Take a look.

I so wish I could go!

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Fire! – the trailer

December 16th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve posted the full-version of Catherine Cabeen’s dance piece Fire! before, but I came across this new trailer for it and thought I’d post it as well.

Fire! was inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle and her Tarot Garden, which of course, was inspired by the Tarot itself …

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European Tarot Tour

August 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve posted videos of Niki de Saint Phalle’s fabulous Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy before, but the one below by Linda Marson of is the best I’ve seen yet.

She’s beautifully captured each of the Major Arcana statues found in the garden, one by one. I’ve never seen them all so clearly before.

More than ever, it makes me want to see them in person myself!

And maybe I can – and you can too! The Tarot Garden is one of the many stops on the Spring 2015 Tarot Art and History Tour organized by Arnell Ando.

The tour will visit Tarot landmarks throughout Italy, including a private viewing of the original Visconti/Sforza cards from the mid-1400s. What fun!

Stop by the Tarot Tour page to learn more, and watch Linda Marson’s video below to take a lovely tour of the Tarot Garden.

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Fire! – a tribute to Niki de Saint Phalle

July 28th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The Tarot inspired artist Niki de Saint Phalle to create the fabulous Tarot Garden, and her garden (as well as her life) inspired Catherine Cabeen to create the dance piece Fire!

The video below is the full show as performed at On the Boards in Seattle last January.

(the first segment is most overtly Tarot-related)

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Another Look at Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden

December 12th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve posted videos of Niki de Saint Phalle’s absolutely magical Tarot Garden in Tuscany before, but here’s another one put together by Uncommon Promise.

It’s just beautiful!!

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Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden – revisited

September 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve posted about it before, but I came across another video, so I’m going to post about it again – Niki de St Phalle’s Tarot Garden outside Capalbio, Tuscany.

Enormous Tarot sculptures created by the fabulous Niki de Saint Phalle fill the garden with magic and colour. It’s incredible. I really want to see it in person.

But until I can, I’ll have to make due with pictures and videos other people have been good enough to post.

And if you haven’t already, take a look at the videos on the garden’s official website. You can watch Niki de Saint Phalle herself talk about her creation.

I have to get there soon.

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Niki de Saint Phalle's Tarot Garden

November 13th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

And speaking of Tarot places to visit in Europe. If you happen to be near the town of Capalbio in Tuscany, Italy, go see Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden.

This incredible artist passed on in 2002, but the fantastical mosaic garden she created is still there, a wonder for Tarot lovers everywhere. Twenty-two gigantic sculptures, all inspired by the archetypes of the Tarot deck. It’s absolutely beautiful.

Some of the sculptures are little buildings you can walk into, like the mirrored Temperance, and the one bedroom Empress flat.

One bosom is a kitchen, the other a bedroom. You can sit on her back and look out to the Mediterranean. Niki de Saint Phalle lived in it while she was building the garden. What a dream!

You can see it here in this video.

And here’s a slideshow of the whole park. I don’t know the people pictured, but they seem like a lovely family.

What a magical place. Thank you Niki de Saint Phalle!

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