Niki de Saint Phalle's Hon: An Ethics Through the Visual?

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In 1966 Niki de Saint Phalle, in collaboration with Jean Tinguely and Per Olof Ultyedt, constructed a monumental reclining female figure, some 28 metres (92 feet) long, entitled Hon (sometimes translated as She: A Cathedral), in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Though Hon was destroyed at the end of the exhibition, the figure has retained a vital place within art history, despite the fact that all we have left is documentation: relatively few photographs, written accounts and memories. The work itself can no longer be seen (except through photographs) nor sensually explored.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt, History and the Senses 1830 to the Present
EditorsPatrizia di Bello, Gabriel Koureas
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Pages131 - 145
ISBN (Print)978-0-7546-6863
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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