This week’s photo is a window from a Grotto in the baroque garden of Herrenhausen, designed by Niki de Saint Phalle (not her real name, that was: Catherine Marie-Agnès Fal de Saint Phalle)
Niki de Saint Phalle had a loving relationship with Hannover, after her death she left several of her artworks to our local Museum of Modern Art – the Sprengel-Museum (named after a chocolate-manufacturer and art-lover). One of her late works (finished after her death by her assistant) was this grotto, consisting out of three rooms, in her usual rounded, colourful style. This window is outstanding, as it shows untypically spiky zigzags and stars.
Outstanding, indeed. Great find!
purrfect timing – while I read your comment my cat is begging for treats – and she trills doing that
Oh how funny!! I trill all the time- my humans love it!!💖
I am so excited to read this post! I love Niki de Saint-Phalle. (Never knew that wasn’t her real name.) In my bathroom I have a small papier-maché Nana, one of her voluptuous ladies. I bought it on a visit to Germany, where a friend had one in her house. Another time I was lucky enough to see an exhibition in Bonn of many of her artworks, a lot of them up on the roof in the open air. It was stunning! Always wanted to go to Italy to see her „Tarot Garden“ — well, in my next life, maybe. Thank you so much for posting this photo, and telling about her relationship with Hannover.
Hannover did not embrace NdSP immediately, when the Nanas came to Hannover 1974 there was a lot of opposition to them. Modern art is not always welcome. I myself think the Nanas are not her best work – I prefer the Grotto in the baroque garden by far. The Zigzag -window is just ONE photo I have from there.
A post on the Grotto, with photos??????????
Photos take up so much space on my wordpress-account 😦 I usually try to avoid them but for the weekly photo challenge, if I take part in that.
I have just googled it – there are already so many photos of the grotto online, you do not need mine, to enjoy this fab place.