Hon - en katedral  

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"Once inside this three-story building the visitor encountered a Coca-Cola bar, planetarium, lookout tower, slide, tunnel of love, several “Fake Paintings” in an art gallery, a number of automatic vendors for various kinds of goods, service personnel, a small plant for the production of broken glass, a public telephone, a gold-fish pond, a movie theatre showing a soundless Greta Garbo movie, and much, much more."[1]

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Hon - en katedral (1966, She - a Cathedral) [2] [3]was a mixed-material assemblage artwork by French artists Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Finnish-Swedish artist Per Olov Ultvedt, at the invitation of Pontus Hultén. The work was a giant recumbent female figure, lying spread-legged. The interior of the sculpture was a museum and visitors entered the woman between her legs, through the vagina. The six-ton, 25-26-metre-long, ten-metre-broad and six-meter-high recumbent polyester pregnant female figure, named hon (the swedish pronoun, 'she') featured several rooms (see inset).


It was exhibited at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden from June 4 to September 9, 1966. Over 100,000 people visited the "museum".

Critical assessment and legacy

The most famous of her many nanas, it was a critical sensation. A reproduction of the sculpture was later used in the film Femina ridens[4], which added the effect of vagina dentata.

There's a master thesis on the work, Euro-pop : the mechanical bride stripped bare in Stockholm, even[5] (1993) by Patrik Lars Andersson.

See also

  • Sketch for Hon - en katedral[6]

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