Niki de Saint Phalle et le Jardin des Tarots

Jill Johnston, Marella Caracciolo Chia, Giulio Pietromarchi


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About the book

Reprint of the original version from 2010 edition

  • ISBN: 978-3-7165-1875-5
  • Pages: 256
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Published: 1/2023
  • Illustrations: 193
  • Dimensions: 28 x 28 cm

Inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s Parc Güell in Barcelona and the mannerist Bomarzo Park, Niki de Saint Phalle created her sculpture park in Garavicchio, in the southern part of Tuscany. In this vast garden, the 22 cards of the tarot’s Major Arcana are represented in the form of enormous sculptures, 12 to 15 meters high, made of painted polyester and reinforced concrete, and covered in mosaics, mirrors, multicoloured ceramics and colored Murano glass.

This enchanted world was for her the ultimate achievement of her oeuvre, its culmination. The monography is a concise introduction to the garden. Moreover, it is a piece of art in its design, inspired by Saint Phalle herself, providing a unique glimpse into her creative process.


Jill Johnston

Jill Johnston is a leading cultural and social critic. As columnist, essayist and author, she has championed the avantgarde, has been a pioneer in a personal style of nonfiction that helped reshape journalism, and a radical feminist thinker.

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Marella Caracciolo Chia

Marella Caracciolo Chia spends most of her time in Rome and Garavicchio, the family property in southern Tuscany where Niki de Saint Phalle built the Tarot Garden

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Giulio Pietromarchi

Giulio Pietromarchi lived in France, the USA and Egypt. At the age of 16 he settled in Rome, where he began to work as a photographic assistant. 

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