This past weekend I visited Stockholm, Sweden for one day. I only had eight hours in the city but made it a point to see this sculpture installation Hon-en Katedral (She a Cathedral). Across from the Moderna Museet, this colorful work is the result of a collaboration between Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Per Olof Ultvedt.
The bombastic dolls called ‘nanas’ were a symbol of ‘everywoman’ for De Saint Phalle–a remarkably similar concept to Armi Ratia’s ‘mari girl’ for Marimekko. De Saint Phalle said, “I see them as heralds of a new matriarchal era, which I believe is the only answer.” This work from 1966 like much of De Saint Phalle’s was not well-received by the public.