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After two years of provocative performances, Niki withdrew into a more private, feminine world and began to represent the role of women in the world. In 1965, she had her first exhibition called “Nanas” with a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures of huge women, reminiscent of prehistoric female figures representing fertility. These voluptuous, brightly decorated pieces depict women full of life. They have become her trademark. “For me, my sculptures represent the world of women amplified, women’s aspiration of greatness, women in the world today, women in power.” Dancing and athletic, large sometimes imposing, sometimes sexy ¡even giant!... they carry hope for a new world where women would have their rightful place. Free from the stereotypes imposed by fashion, their bodies express femininity without restraint, feminism with a smile, like the artist whose voice they express. “I want to be superior: have the privileges of men and keep more of those feminine qualities, all while continuing to wear pretty hats." +230

The Nanas are reproduced in the form of inflatable balloons, silkscreen prints, jewellery... They are warriors in the feminist battle which Niki was one of the first to lead in the world of art. In her eyes, one of the purposes of creation is to bring joy, humour and colour into life. The large architectural projects that she completed starting in the late 1960s are part of this vision of art: able to speak to everyone and make people happy. She also created an exhibition called “Daddy”, a virulent denunciation of her father that was connected with her childhood trauma. In 1955 she moved to Spain and discovered the work of XIX century architect Antoni Gaudi and specially his Parc Güell in Barcelona. Gaudi was a huge inspiration for her to start exploring the world of found objects and ceramics.

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