Niki de Saint Phalle Retrospective

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Another reason to go back to Paris.

The Grand Palais museum in Paris is hosting a major retrospective of the work of  Niki de Saint Phalle.  And after that, you can amble over to the Stravinsky Fountain, which she and  Jean Tinguely created in 1983.  It’s next to the Centre Pompidou, and consists of sixteen works of sculpture representing the works of composer Igor Stravinsky.   They move!  They spray water!  They make you smile!

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“Stravinsky Fountain”.  Found on the Web.

The Grand Palais event opened on 17 September 2014, and will run through 2 February 2015.  The Stravinsky Fountain is a permanent installation.


A couple of years ago, the National Museum of Women in the Arts here in Washington hosted a year-long display of a few of her works on the street medians outside the museum.

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Found on the Web.


Found on the Web.

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Found on the Web.

The grey building in the background is my old workplace.  You can see the window of my office on the ninth floor.

(Roger Price once created a list of the “Ten Most Boring Sentences in the English Language”, which included the line:  “I used to live down that street”.

I think I just topped it.)



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