The Tarot Garden (Softcover edition)

Niki de Saint Phalle


14.00 €

About the book


  • ISBN: 978-3-7165-1092-6
  • Pages: 76
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Published: 1/2003
  • Illustrations: 56 illustrations
  • Dimensions: 21.5 x 21.5 cm

An explosion of color and creativity

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-most 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. This enchanted world was, for her, the ultimate achievement of her oeuvre, its culmination. When she died in 2002, she left the Tarot Garden uncompleted.

Including texts written by Saint Phalle herself and explaining her thoughts and intentions in creating the sculptures, the book is a concise introduction to the garden. Moreover it is a piece of art in its design, inspired and created by Saint Phalle herself. 


Niki de Saint Phalle

Niki de Saint Phalle, born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1930 and raised in New York, was a French-Suisse painter and sculptor. During a stay in Barcelona in 1950 she was acquainted with the architecture of Antoni Gaudí, which would turn out to be crucial for her future work.

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