Modernism + Film

Modernism + Film



When Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely fell in love in the mid-1950s, they began a 30-year adventure of art and exploration. The bond of these 20th-century artists (both of whom are featured in the current Bechtler exhibition Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers) is one that has captivated modern art enthusiasts since its beginning.

The detailed story of the sculptors is revealed in the 2010 documentary Niki de Saint Phalle et Jean Tinguely – Les Bonnie and Clyde de l’art (Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely: The Bonnie and Clyde of Art) by Louise Fare and Anne Julien (running time: 55 minutes, in French and English, with English subtitles). The film chronicles the collaboration of the couple in their creative and personal partnership. It was chosen as "Best Film for Television" by the 29th International Festival of Films on Art.

The filmmakers had access to unpublished documents, film archives and drawings, all of which helped to weave together this artistic love story. The documentary exemplfies how a couple with such opposing artistic styles and techniques maintained a creative chemistry in their joint works.  


A discussion led by Bechtler President and CEO John Boyer will precede the screening.


An event reception with cash bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.


Tickets are $10 for non-members, $8 for members and $5 for students with valid school I.D. Purchase online, by phone 704.353.9200 or at the visitor services desk. (Student tickets must be purchased at the visitor services desk.)

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