Museum Tinguely

La Roue = c’est tout

New presentation of Museum Tinguely’s collection

07 Feb 2023 - 01 Feb 2025

Jean Tinguely: Fatamorgana, Méta-Harmonie IV (detail), 1985,
420 x 1,250 x 220 cm
Model wheels made of wood coated in different colours, sheet metal coated in different colours, rusty steel, rubber, rubber tensioners, V-belts (textile and rubber), flat belts made of rubber, aluminium, ball bearings, cable, blue plastic, cymbals (percussion), drum (percussion), lamp holders made of black plastic, 15 electric motors
© 2022 ProLitteris, Zürich; photo: Museum Tinguely Basel, Christian Bauer
According to Tinguely, ‘we live in a wheeled civilisation’. Even today, our lives are shaped largely by the relationship between man and machine and the resulting dependencies that Tinguely deconstructed with such relish. Now, for the first time since the museum was founded, its augmented collection of Tinguely’s own works is to return to the great hall. There visitors will be able to discover the intricate and poetic early works, the explosive happenings and collaborations of the 1960s, and the musical, monumental and sombre works of Tinguely’s late period, all presented in an entertaining and eventful tour with many opportunities for hands-on participation.

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