Timeline 1971-82


Marries Jean Tinguely on July 13, 1971. Granddaughter Bloum born to Laura and Laurent Condominas in 1971. Receives a public commission to create Golem, an architectural project for children in Jerusalem's Rabinovitch Park, which is completed the following year. In 1972, in the Belgian town of Knokke-le-Zoute, builds Le Dragon, a playhouse for the children of Fabienne and Roger Nellens. Begins productive association with art fabricator, Haligon for her large-scale sculptures and work in editions. Makes first jewelry design for GEM Montebello Laboratory, Milan. Exhibits new sculptural tableaux Devouring Mothers and the following year Les Funerailles du Pere. These works are based on ideas of a child's perspective of estrangement from the world of adults. Acts in film Daddy that she wrote, produced and directed with Peter Whitehead. The film is a surreal, psychological exploration of a relationship between a father and a tri- part character of the daughter as child, adolescent and adult. Official premiere in September 1973 as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 11th New York Film Festival. Designs the festival's program cover with reference to three noted women directors.

Builds three large-scale Nanas for permanent site near town hall in Hannover, Germany. The city names them Sophie, Charlotte and Caroline in honor of three historically distinguished women from Hannover. Hospitalized with a serious lung ailment. Lives in the Swiss mountains to regain her health. There she meets a friend, Marella Caracciolo Agnelli, to whom she confides her dream to build a sculpture garden based on inter- pretations of symbols from the Tarot. Her friend's brothers, Carlo and Nicola Caracciolo, offer a parcel of their land in Garavicchio in Tuscany, Italy, as a site. The massive undertaking of the garden will consume her thoughts and energies for nearly twenty-four years.

Writes, directs, produces and acts in the film Un rêve plus long que la nuit. The production includes the talents and participation of her daughter Laura Condominas, Jean Tinguely, Daniel Spoeri, Eva Aeppli, Marina Karella and others. In 1975, her sculptural tableau Last Night I Had a Dream is installed on the exterior of the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, for an arts festival. Returns to Switzerland for a period of time. Develops ideas for the imagery that will carry the special mystic meanings, energies and associations of the Tarot to the site of her planned sculpture garden. Beginning of a close and long friendship with assistant/collaborator Ricardo Menon, who will be with her for many years.

Land is cleared and foundations dug at site in Tuscany. Makes first models related to the Tarot figures that will be represented in the Garden. Becomes interested in the idea of linear sculpture-drawings in space and makes the Skinnys. This series of totem-like pieces often have colored lights and elements suspended by string. Begins to design furniture and other functional objects with serpents and figurative forms. Lives for a while in Malibu, California and conceives of a series of maquettes based on new ideas for architectural fantasies. These works are first exhibited at Gimpel & Weitzenhoffer, New York. Has first solo show in Japan at Gallery Watari, Tokyo for her architectural projects. The exhibition, Monumental Projects, tours the United States.

Construction begins on the Tarot Garden’s first architectural sculpture, The High Priestess, representing female creativity and strength. Spends the major part of the next ten years on-site receiving assistance from many friends and supporters. Moves into The Empress, a building designed in the shape of a sphinx that serves as her studio and home. Jean Tinguely, together with Rico Weber and Seppi Imhof, begin welding the iron understructures for the first group of enlarged tarot figures; this work involves special engineering skills for each piece and is taken over and completed by Dutch artist Doc Wilsen. Local residents are hired, whose efforts over the years will be important to the project's success. Meets Venera Finocchiaro, a ceramics teacher from Rome who oversees ceramic mosaics for the Garden. The Ulm Museum organizes the first retrospective devoted to her graphic work. Permanently installs the sculpture, The Poet and her Muse, at University of Ulm. Honored with a major retrospective at Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. It then travels to Austria, Germany and Sweden. First show is organized at experimental space, SPACE NIKI in Tokyo established by Yoko Masuda.

Creates fragrance that bears her name for the Jaqueline Cochran Company, New York. Designs distinctive blue and gold bottles and packaging with logo of entwined serpents. The money from the perfume goes to finance the Garden. Collaborates with Tinguely on commission to create a fountain for the City of Paris on a site beside the Centre Georges Pompidou. They combine their fifteen sculptural elements in a fluid, moving setting—an apt homage to Igor Stravinsky for whom the fountain is named. Assisted by Pierre Marie Lejeune who will also design seating at the Tarot Garden and Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Escondido, California (2003), as well as oversee installation of Hannover’s The Grotto (2003). Creates permanent sculpture Sun God for the University of California at San Diego as part of the Stuart Collection. Designs print for a project to support the Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles. The work, in the form of a pictographic letter, expresses her early awareness and concern for those afflicted by AIDS. Suffers first of recurring, debilitating attacks of rheumatoid arthritis.