Jean Tinguely’s “Grosse Méta-Maxi-Maxi-Utopia” is back at the Museum Tinguely!

After a long stay at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf Utopia has returned to Museum Tinguely. This walk-on machine dominated the Jean Tinguely retrospective at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 1987. With its enormous wheel-work made out of cast models from the company Von Roll, by his own admission he was trying to create “something bright and cheerful,” “something for children to clamber and jump about.” At the same time, the architectonic construction was intended to be useful for reaching the upper story; unfortunately, this was not permitted during the exhibition.

Jérôme Zonder. The Dancing Room

7 June – 1 November 2017


To mark the opening of Tinguely’s Mengele-Totentanz (Mengele Dance of Death) in the Museum Tinguely’s new exhibition space, the young French artist Jérome Zonder will rouse the undead with a series of mischievous images snatched from real life. His installation of drawings assembles interpretations of the TV series The Walking Dead – with scenes of violence or the aftermath of accidents and disasters masquerading as innocuous children’s games. It is the first in a series of replicas adding further chapters to Basel’s Dance of Death.

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Wim Delvoye

14 June 2017 – 1 January 2018


The Museum Tinguely is to dedicate a major solo exhibition to the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye in the summer of 2017. In addition to his best known works, the Cloaca, which are machines that simulate human digestion and produce excrement that is visually indistinguishable from human excrement, the show will also feature pieces such as Chantier (1992), a construction site carved entirely out of wood and the huge Cement Truck (2016) in its original size. With a hefty shot of irony, wit and humour, this conceptualist provocateur often combines the decorative with the quotidian and by doing so casts doubt on consumer society’s conventional value systems.

In collaboration with MUDAM, Luxembourg.

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20 September 2017 – 28 January 2018


The city of Basel celebrates the breadth and diversity of Swiss performance art from 1960 to the present through an exceptional institutional collaboration between the Museum Tinguely, Kaserne Basel, and Kunsthalle Basel in partnership with the Centre culturel suisse in Paris. Together these institutions illuminate performative practices in Switzerland—looking back, for instance, to when Jean Tinguely blew up the Basel Carnival Committee in a performative action in 1974, and looking forward, with new performances by established and emerging artists.



Museum Tinguely

20 September 2017 – 28 January 2018

Opening 19 September 2018, 6.30 pm

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