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Jean Tinguely Niki de Saint Phalle Film
Films by Francois de Menil and Monique Alexandre. Narrated by Pontus Hulten. 

The Menil Collection's 2014 film 'Jean Tinguely Niki de Saint Phalle' is an intimate portrait of one of the twentieth century's most celebrated pairs of collaborators and partners.

Francois de Menil initially filmed the disassembly and destruction of the "Hon-en Katedral"– a temporary collaborative installation between Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, and Per-Olof Ultvedt– though he fortunately continued to film Tinguely and de Saint Phalle at home and at work. These subsequent films, "Tinguely: A Kinetic Cosmos" and "Niki," are shown here alongside the short meditative film "Hon." Together these three short films form a truly personal observation of the lives and practices of Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely.

The Menil Collection
Running Time: 57 Minutes
Color and B&W with B&W Photographs

What Is Now Known Was Once Only Imagined: An (Auto)biography of Niki de Saint Phalle
By Nicole Rudnick


A biography by Nicole Rudnick told in Saint Phalle’s own words, assembled from rare and unseen materials. 

Known best for her exuberant, often large-scale sculptural works that celebrate the abundance and complexity of female desire, imagination and creativity, Niki de Saint Phalle viewed making art as a ritual, a performance—a process connecting life to art. This unconventional, illuminated biography, told in the first person in Saint Phalle's voice and her own hand, dilates large and small moments in Saint Phalle's life which she sometimes reveals with great candor, at other times carefully unwinding her secrets. Editor Nicole Rudick, in a kind of collaboration with the artist, has assembled a gorgeous and detailed mosaic of Saint Phalle's visual and textual works from a trove of paintings, drawings, sketches and writings, many previously unpublished or long unavailable, that trace her mistakes and successes, her passions and her radical sense of joy. Saint Phalle's invocation—her "bringing to life"—writes Rudnick, "is an apt summation of the overlap of Saint Phalle’s life and art: both a bringing into existence and a bringing to bear. These are visions from the frontiers of consciousness."

Siglio Press
Hardcover | 7.25” x 10” | 268 pgs

Niki de Saint Phalle. Composition Book

Niki de Saint Phalle’s signature “questions mark” drawings adorn the covers of these Composition Books, available in red and black. These cardboard cover notebooks include 80 lined pages in a canvas binding.

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi
Lined pages 

Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s
by Jill Dawsey and Michelle White

This exhibition catalog for Niki de Saint Phalle
in the 1960s at The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas stands apart from other titles because it was during this decade that Niki de Saint Phalle embarked on two significant series: the Tirs, or “shooting paintings,” and the magical sculptures of the female form known as Nanas. This volume, published by Yale University Press, features poetic responses to the work, four insightful essays, and chronologies with photo-documentation of the artist’s life throughout the 1960s.

Yale University Press
Hardcover | 7.25” x 10” | 258 pgs