"NaNas and Niki de St. Phalle" The Nanas & more art by Niki de Saint Phalle Tip by elgin99


Creator of the world-famous Nanas, Niki de Saint Phalle, born 29th of October 1930 in Paris, died 21st of May 2002 in San Diego, was the first and so far only woman to receive the Freedom of the City of Hannover and a friend of the town on the River Leine for thirty years.

The appearance of three brightly-coloured, amply-proportioned polyester Nanas beside the River Leine in 1974 raised a storm of protest from some Hanoverians and sparked off the city's first partisan and far-reaching debate about art in public urban spaces. Today the Nanas, who quickly became a symbol of the EXPO City, have a firm place in the affections of local people.

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  • Updated Mar 27, 2007
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