Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California Exhibit at the Center


Niki de Saint Phalle: Mythical California
January 13 – March 4, 2018

Join in celebration of the fifteen-year anniversary of the construction of her sculptural garden Queen Califia’s Magical Circle and the series’ she developed while living in San Diego through this fantastic art exhibit at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

Internationally known artist Niki de Saint Phalle created larger than life works of art about the myths and legends of California. This exhibition includes her Californian Diary print series as well as an exploration of the making of the sculpture garden Queen Califia’s Magical Circle. This exhibit runs January 13th – March 4th at Queen Califia’s Magical Circle located in Kit Carson Park.

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Queen Califia's Magical Circle

There are several concurrent exhibits and related events in conjunction with this exhibit. For more information go to

Tours will be available in French upon request. Please contact Arts Education Program Supervisor, Kirsten Barrientes at 760-839-4176 or to book a tour.

Through maquettes, models, sculptures, photographs, furniture, blueprints as well as video and film, we celebrate this vibrant 20th century artist and the fifteen-year anniversary of Queen Califia’s Magical Circle.

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We are excited to let you know that Queen Califia’s Magical Circle, Niki de Saint Phalle are featured in the autumn edition of Art & Museum magazine published by Familyofficemagazine company out of London.  It is an international publication with a circulation of around 51,000.

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About The California Center for the Arts, Escondido:
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, The Center is the cultural center of North San Diego County. The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events, such as the Jazz Jam Sessions, Holiday Tree Lighting, Día de los Muertos, Independence Day, and First Wednesdays performances.

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

California Center for the Arts, Escondido Ticket Office Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday: 12:00pm–6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00–5:00 PM

Museum Hours:
Thursday – Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $8
Student and Senior: $5
Center Members, Military and children 12 years and under FREE