Behind the scenes and DIY ideas of the art education team




Maschine mit dem Tinguely Machine Builder gebaut

Build your own Tinguely machine with the  «Tinguely Machine Builder» .

With different components from the artworks of Jean Tinguely, you can now virtually bring your own creation to life. Share your work with your friends:
Send them the link to your creation or share it on social media.
Have fun and be creative!

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Video | A tour of Museum Tinguely with Sarah Stocker

Video | Visit the art education studio with Beat Klein

Build your own motor-driven drawing machine
Beat Klein explains how an ordinary power drill can be turned into a motor-driven drawing machine à la Jean Tinguely allowing you to produce your very own spin art.
>> Learn more (Tutorial PDF)

Music Machines

Ideas for a DIY Sound Mixing Machine à la Jean Tinguely
For DIY enthusiasts young and old we’ve compiled a collection of ideas, tipps and tricks to create your own sound mixing machine. We invite you to listen to our Audio Tutorial in German (voice: Beat Klein) and take our Suggestion Sheet at hand.

>> Suggestion Sheet (PDF)
>> Images: Music Machines by Jean Tinguely (PDF)

Ball track in the plexi box

linke Hälfte: Billardkugel in engem Plexiwürfel, rechte Hälfte: gebastelte Kugelbahn in leerer Spielkartenschachtel

Variations of a ball's mobility in a plexi box. (left: Taro Izumi, Cloud (licking the air), 2020)

Instead of being locked up motionless in a plexi cube like the billiard balls in Taro Izumi’s (2.9.-15.11.2020) work "Cloud (licking the air)", the little ball will be able to move around funnily in your ball track. Finally, the path through the plexi box brings us back to the eraser track on the floor of Izumi's show and his work "Cloud (goodbye)", for once celebrating limited mobility.

A limited number of DIY sets can be bought or ordered from the Museum Tinguely Shop.

>> Order online

<p>Variations of a ball&#39;s mobility in a plexi box. (left:&nbsp;Taro Izumi, Cloud (licking the air), 2020)</p>

Tools: pencil, scissors, glue


Materials: plexi box (empty card game container), metal ball 4mm, foam sheets, craft beads, buttons, wooden sticks, pipe cleaners etc.


How to:

  1. Trace the bottom of the box on the foam sheet and cut it out, fit it into the bottom of the box and touch up if necessary.
  2. Draw the course of the ball track at least 6mm wide (not too complicated!) and cut it out.
  3. Glue it into the bottom of the box with a few spots of glue.
  4. Decorate the foam sheet area with beads, wooden sticks etc., making sure that the ball can roll well in the track and that the box lid closes.

Drawing Machines

A Drawing Machine for at the Home
Inspired by Jean Tinguely’s Méta-Matics, we show you in the video, how to inject movement and chance into drawing. There have to be two of you. Otherwise all you need is: 1. a firm drawing board, 2. a sheet of paper and 3. a pen or pencil.
One of you holds the board and paper, the other the pen or pencil. And then you both start hopping on one leg while drawing! A tree, say, or a flower, a wheel, a face…
Let the random lines and the pictures they produce surprise you!

Kinderclub TV

Kids' Film Project | Best of Kinderclub TV 2019 – 2020
How do Kinderclub kids respond to the many different exhibitions at Museum Tinguely? What do they think of the individual works? For each new show at Museum Tinguely we produce a new episode of Kinderclub TV complete with interviews, performances and scenes of the children in the museum. The resulting ‘child’s-eye view’ of past exhibitions can be watched in the museum foyer and on our website.