ART GALLERY DE JONCKHEERE
In 1976, the De Jonckheere house in Brussels was founded, specializing in the study and sale of Flemish paintings from the 15th to the 17th centuries. In 1984, the gallery moved to Paris. Its various collections are presented to the most demanding of amateurs and especially when participating in the main fairs of ancient art such as the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris or the TEFAF in Maastricht.
In April 2011, the De Jonckheere Gallery opened its new space in the heart of the historic district of Geneva. From now on and since the 2012 edition of the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, a staging of works both ancient and modern marks the two facets of its activity. In June 2017, the gallery inaugurates a second space in Monaco.
"NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE, « Last night I had a dream » "
Born in 1930, Niki de Saint Phalle, who started out as a model then trained as an actor, exorcised the traumas of her childhood through her art. An iconic figure among the female artists of the second half of the 20th century, she was struck by the fantastical power of Antonio Gaudi’s work, whom she met for the first time in Park Güell in 1955. The end of the 1960s marked her desire to bring together, in large sculpted assemblies, the various figures drawn from her dreams and vivid imagination.
Last Night I had a Dream is one of them: it is comprised of her nanas, her favourite animals as well as symbols of her trips and her love affairs. This group of 18 sculptures in painted polyester, created in 1968, exhibits ‘signature’ motifs, also repeated, several times, in drawings accompanied by texts dating from the same year. Reflections of her innermost thoughts, oscillating between humour and irony, these sculpted and painted totems are the vectors for her emotions: the colours, the rounded shapes, the chubby women, all serve to conceal a deep suffering. Exhibited in full this spring by De Jonckheere at its gallery in Monaco, this series summons up the memories ofa dream. A dream that seems to have contained all the symbols of happiness in love in the mythology of this astonishing artist.