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Saint Phalle exhibit: Mythical California, in January

An example of Niki Saint Phalle’s work at Kit Carson Park.

A breathtaking exhibition, Niki De Saint Phalle: Mythical California, hits the California Center for the Arts January 13. The Center Museum exhibition will not only feature Saint Phalle’s print series Californian Diary, but will also serve as the 15th anniversary celebration of her last work, Queen Califa’s Magical Circle.

Magical Circle itself is located in Escondido’s Kit Carson Park, and was the groundbreaking artist’s last commissioned work. Known for her larger than life sculptures, and her unique use of mosaic and fiberglass, Saint Phalle created an incomparable yet accessible view of what she called “Mythical California.”

The Center’s exhibition will celebrate her iconic monument using never before seen sketches, photographs, models, blueprints, and film documenting the creation and implementation of Queen Califa’s Magical Circle.

Niki de Saint Phalle was a legendary sculptor, painter, and philanthropist. Her work is featured all over the world, and made a never-ending impression in San Diego County, where Saint Phalle spent the last years of her life.

This tribute and showcase of one of the great modern artists will open at The Center Museum January 13 and run until March 4, 2018.

Concurrent museum exhibitions include a solo exhibition by painter Eva Struble and Inspired featuring California mosaic artists.

The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at 800-988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit

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