The Nanas & more art by Niki de Saint Phalle, Hannover
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.
Hannover's mascots are also situated along the Leine river. And they are known all over the world. I'm talking about the famous "Nanas". The artist Nicki de Saint Phalle is the creator of the huge, colorful figures - and the people in Hannover just love them!
This grotto was constructed in the year 1676. Originally it was decorated with shells, cristals, glass and minerals and served as a place of enchantment and place of retraction on hot days for the duke of Hannover and his following.
But already during the 18th century the decoration was taken away so that the rooms served only as a storage room.
After its restauration for the EXPO 2000 it has been newly created and decorated by Niki de Saint Phalle who unfortunately died during the work, but her assistants were able to finish the work based on her plans and ideas.
There's a new highlight in Hannover now. In Herrenhausen Gardens you can now see one of the last pieces of work by French artist Niki de Sainte Phalle. She designed a grotto in "Großer Garten" shortly before she died. The grotto is a beautiful and colourful place full of fantastic little details and her famous Nanas.
Niki de St. Phalle is a honorary citizen of Hannover because of all the lovely art she gave to the city.
The Nanas, made by Niki de Saint Phalle in the early 70s are a public art work along Hannover´s fleamarket..... They are well known everywhere in the world and I think Hannover can be very happy that the artist, that died in 2001, had some very good memories about Hannover, where she had one of her first big successful exhibitions ever. One of her last art works was the "Blue Grotto" in the Herrenhäuser Gardens, which opened in 2001.....
Hannover is missing a good friend these days..........
The Nana Sculptures were created by Niki de Saint Phalle on the banks of the Leine River in 1974. Today these modern-art sculptures attract hundreds of visitors.
This tower is a part of the remainings of the old city walls you will find at the banks of the river Leine. Nowadays you can have drink in here, it´s a pub!!!!!
Built by famous French artist Niki de Saint-Phalle the Nanas are the most popular piece of art in the city I guess.