The Place of Dreams: Capalbio celebrates Niki de Saint Phalle

The name of Capalbio has already been linked to that of Niki de Saint Phalle for decades, or since 1979 when the construction of the Tarot Garden began. The artist has identified in the garden the realization of his magical and spiritual dream, filling it with monumental sculptures that take inspiration from the major arcana of the tarot.

This summer, the Municipality of Capalbio has decided to celebrate the production of Niki de Saint Phalle, in a project that aims to make her figure current in a journey through works and testimonies.


Niki de Saint Phalle – Courtesy La Stampa


“The place of dreams” takes place between two exhibition venues, linked to each other but diversified by content: on the one hand Palazzo Collacchioni, a historic building already dedicated to both contemporary art and the history of Capalbio, where the birth and development of the Garden itself, also through documentation that allows us to delve into the reasons and methods that led to its creation.

On the other hand, the Il Frantoio Gallery is more properly dedicated to a journey through his works, focusing especially on those raw stone models preliminary to the masterpieces of the Garden, a stage that obviously concludes the exhibition itinerary.


Giardino dei Tarocchi – Courtesy Elle Decor


This event undoubtedly wants to remember the actuality of the thought, and consequently of the activity, of the artist, who emphasizes the values ​​of collectivity and empathy, siding with those who have less space in the community, without forgetting attention for the environment.

Deeply convinced of the possibility of a rebirth and improvement at the level of society, the artist is celebrated by a territory that has loved and welcomed her, but which in turn has drawn from her those messages of hope and peace which she she is the spokesperson.


Niki de Saint Phalle, Tarot Garden, 1991 – Courtesy Il Giardino dei Tarocchi