Past Museum Exhibitions: 2018: Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California

Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California

January 13 – March 4, 2018

On view at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum.

Internationally known artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) created several larger than life works of art about the myths and legends of California. Through maquettes, models, sculptures, photographs, furniture, blueprints, and video we honor this vibrant 20th century artist.


Join in celebration of the fifteen-year anniversary of the construction of her sculptural garden Queen Califia’s Magical Circle and the series’ she developed while living in San Diego.


Queen Califia’s Magical Circle Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-12pm, weather permitting.
The Garden will be closed on weekday holidays. The Garden will also be open to the public on the Second Saturday of each month, from 9am to 2pm, with docents available to answer questions. Upcoming Second Saturdays January 13 and February 10.

Exhibiting Concurrently:

Inspired: A Mosaic Invitational

Mosaic work by local artists Wick Alexander, Christie Beniston, Doris Bittar, Robin Brailsford, Kim Emerson, Katherine England, Cherrie La Porte, Leslie Perlis, Renée Richetts, Cheryl Tall, and Jean Wells, who often look to Niki de Saint Phalle for inspiration, will reveal the complexity and beauty of this obsessive art form.

The LithoMosaic® installation, Star Streams, by artists Wick Alexander, Doris Bittar, and Robin Brailsford, and installed with a sponsorship by Shaw & Sons Concrete Contractors, will be officially unveiled in conjunction with this exhibition.

Eva Struble: Cover Crop

With a combination of materials, Struble’s artwork treats distressed urban and natural landscapes, whose seemingly serene atmosphere belies the socio-political and environmental issues at their heart. Created on top of unfinished canvases from various periods, she adds imagery referencing small farms in the San Diego area, blending in previous scenes of her everyday life, television stills, textile patterns, and landscapes.

Special Events

  • Curator’s Talk with Wendy Wilson Gibson

Sunday, January 28, 2018

  • Focus on Local Farms with Eva Struble & Edible San Diego

Saturday, February 10, 2018

  • Mosaic Artist Lecture 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Image Credit:
Niki de Saint Phalle, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, Escondido, California, 2003.
© Niki Charitable Art Foundation 2018. Photo Credit: © Philipp Scholz Rittermann
Niki de Saint Phalle at Beach in La Jolla, California, 1999. © Niki Charitable Art Foundation 2018. Photo Credit: © P. LeSegretain/Sygma

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