In Tinguely’s footsteps between Paris, Amsterdam, and Basel
Exhibition on board the MS Evolutie, 17 July to 26 September 2021
An avid creator of kinetic sculptures, Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925–1991) made movement the centerpiece of his oeuvre, indeed of his whole life. Hence the opening of his Für Statik manifesto, which according to a legend he printed as a flyer and scattered from a plane over Düsseldorf in 1959: ‘Everything moves! Rest does not exist’. True to this motto, Museum Tinguely’s festivities to mark 25 Years of Moving Art are to include the exhibition Et tout ceci est vrai! on board the converted barge MS Evolutie. The exhibition will reference the various stops on the Museum Tinguely AHOY! jubilee voyage, and with photographs, writings, audio stations, films and models installed in the ca. 100 square-meter hull of the vessel will showcase Jean Tinguely the artist and his art. On this journey back in time visitors will be able to follow Tinguely’s trajectory from his first exhibitions in galleries in Paris in the late 1950s and his first solo show at the Haus Lange Museum in Krefeld in 1960 to the great retrospectives of later years, including that at the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg in 1978. To convey the works’ immediacy and the sensory pleasure of experiencing them live – even ‘on the road’ – the museum has built models inspired by Tinguely’s kinetic originals. On pressing a button, therefore, visitors will be able to enjoy the jangling, squeaking and clanking of his machines and to sway to the videos, audios and projections of his works.