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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PerformanceProcess. 60 Years of Performance
Art in Switzerland

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.

Upcoming Live-Performances

18 – 19 November 2017
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Exhibition program 2018

Sofia Hultén. Here's the Answer, What's the Question?

24 January – 1st May 2018

The sculptures, installations and videos of Berlin-based artist Sofia Hultén (born 1972 in Stockholm) start with unremarkable everyday objects or materials from the world of DIY stores and workshops. Through a series of manipulations that sometimes verge on the absurd, she examines these objects that are marked by their previous lives or processes them into new arrangements. In many cases, she sticks to minimal interventions that focus on and shake up the various phases in an object’s biography. An exhibition in cooperation with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
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RE-SET: Appropriation and transformation in
Music and Art since 1900

28 February – 13 May 2018

With scores, recordings, documentary films and photos (by Bartók, Stravinsky, and Varèse to Berio, Kagel and Rihm) the Paul Sacher Foundation highlights the importance of references to earlier compositions and their creative appropriation and adaption in twenthieth-century music. Museum Tinguely complements this interdisciplinary project with the presentation of works by contemporary artists (such as Saâdane Afif, Pierre Bismuth and Bethan Huws) reflecting Marcel Duchamp’s iconic idea of the readymade. A collaboration with the Paul Sacher Foundation.



Radiophonic Spaces

5 May – 21 May 2018

The realm of art and the realm of radio are not so estranged from each other as one might initially think. Alongside writers, composers, theatre producers and filmmakers, artists also utilize the possibilities of this ephemeral medium. 200 selected treasures of international radio art can be experienced through an artistically designed trail. Among others with Antonin Artaud, Samuel Beckett, John Cage, Friederike Mayröcker to Michaela Mélian, Brandon LaBelle, Ahmet Ögüt or Natascha Sadr Haghighian. A collaboration between Bauhaus University, Weimar, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and University of Basel.



Too early to Panic
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger

6 June – 23 September 2018

Using invasive plants, rampant fingernails, hairy plastic, collected tears, fat eggs and growing synthetic fertilizer crystals, Swiss artists Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger set up a three-part, labyrinthine cabinet of curiosities between nature and artificiality at Museum Tinguely. Visitors are invited to explore more than 25 years of their artistic universe, to partake of their evolving, proliferating and chaotic poetic transformations and to get active themselves.



Gauri Gill. Traces

13 June – 01 November 2018

Since 1999, Indian photographer Gauri Gill has spent extensive periods among marginalized rural communities in the desert of Western Rajasthan. ‘Traces’ is one of the photographic series drawn from her archive of images, ‘Notes from the Desert’. The portrayed burial sites are composed of stones, clay fragments, hand inscribed gravestones or personal items. A place is marked, memory is cultivated, with the utmost humbleness. In the awareness that every process of becoming will also mean decay, her images enter into dialogue with the ‘dance of death’.



Len Lye

24 October 2018 – 27 January 2019

Len Lye (1901–1980), a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, was one of the most important experimental filmmakers of the 1930s to 1950s. In later years, he created a fascinating body of work embracing all artistic disciplines, large parts of which have yet to be discovered. The exhibition will showcase the work of Len Lye in all its variety and breadth, paying special attention to the relationships between the different media that he set in motion.