Artwork in motion | Jean Tinguely, Ballet des Pauvres, 1961

What precautions have to be taken to preserve Tinguely’s works for as long as possible? That is a question that our conservators face on a daily basis. After all, it is up to them to develop concepts and procedures and exchange information with international conservators with which to preserve these fragile kinetic works for future generations. The new collection presentation will offer exciting information on the materials and mechanisms of Tinguely's works. The first work to be examined will be Ballet des Pauvres (1961), and museum visitors will be thrilled to discover how, exactly, this fragile work is conserved and maintained.

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le Définitif – c’est le Provisoire New presentation of Museum Tinguely’s collection

DIY art, limelight, broken glass – in Jean Tinguely’s multi-facetted oeuvre one encounters everything from machine performances to multisensory spectacles to critiques of consumer culture. Works and documents show his early successes, theatre projects and correspondence. Playfully interactive elements guide the audience through the exhibition, including the rarely-shown bottle smasher Rotozaza No. 2 that will be put into action by the restoration team for interested visitors. In addition, insights are offered into restoration processes and into the materiality and functioning of the works.

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