Metamatic Reloaded New art projects in dialogue with Tinguely's drawing machines

Metamatic Reloaded
New art projects in dialogue with Tinguely's drawing machines

23 October 2013 – 26 January 2014

The exhibition „METAMATIC Reloaded“ is the result of an international call for entries issued by the Dutch Métamatic Research Initiative (MRI) in 2009. Artists were called on to tackle, from today’s perspective, the topic and concept of Jean Tinguely’s drawing machines, called Méta-Matics which are among his most important groups of work and inventions. 10 newly created works by Marina Abramović, Ranjit Bhatnagar, John Bock, Olaf Breuning, Thomas Hirschhorn, Aleksandra Hirszfeld, Jon Kessler, Pors & Rao, João Simões & Brigitte Zieger.
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Zilvinas Kempinas. Slow Motion

Zilvinas Kempinas. Slow Motion

5 June – 22 September 2013

The works of the Lithuanian artist Zilvinas Kempinas are not only kinetic but also minimalistic. Now a resident of New York, Kempinas uses the simplest of means to create complex and atmospheric room situations of great beauty. His installations play with air and lightness – the reliefs based on time and chance. In the large single exhibition devoted to Kempinas at the Museum Tinguely, his work will in part be shown in rooms of its own and partly in dialogue with works by Jean Tinguely.
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Jean Tinguely, Study for an End of the World No. 2, (Filmstill), Las Vegas 1962

A new look at Jean Tinguely's work

7 November 2012 – 30 September 2013

When the Museum Tinguely was opened in October 1996, it already possessed the world’s largest collection of Jean Tinguely’s artistic work. In the past sixteen years the collection has grown considerably, making an updated museum catalogue an urgent imperative. The new trilingual catalogue is to provide a comprehensive survey of the artist and his life, and of the museum’s collection and documentary archive. The publication will be accompanied by an exhibition of the Tinguely Collection, the first for a considerable time, spread over the entire display area. 20 years after Tinguely’s death, the new presentation will also reflect a revised view of his oeuvre. This new perspective will be enriched with an extended educational programme, in order to present the Collection in a new light for the upcoming generation.
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Jean Tinguely and Willem Sandberg on the occasion of the opening of a Tinguely retrospective at Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, 1982 (c) Foto: Ad Petersen

Les mille lieux de l'Art. Photographies by Ad Petersen

 27 February – 26 May 2013

Ad Petersen (b. 1931) was from 1960 to 1990 curator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. During this period he captured on photograph his encounters and collaborations with numerous international artists (including Christo, Duchamp, Fontana, de Saint Phalle, Kienholz, Oldenburg, Raetz, Rauschenberg, Tinguely and many others). His sensitive portraits and other photographs offer extraordinary insights both into the work and also into the private sphere of the artists concerned. This photographic material is complemented by works of art, letters and other documents that provide a record of the often life-long friendships between this fine photographer and exhibition curator and the artists with whom he worked.

Stadtindianer, Basel 1976, photo: Helen Sager


23 January – 14 April 2013

Jean Tinguely always had a particular fondness for the Carnival celebrations of the city of Basel, where he spent his youth and childhood, attending the highly animated three-day on several occasions. In 1972 he first participated actively joining the “Kuttlebutzer Clique”. This group in fact had been famous since the 1950s for avant-garde costumes and props created for the parade by artists and graphic designers. By carrying on this tradition, Tinguely and the other members set new artistic standards for the “Basler Fasnacht”. The Museum Tinguely’ is exhibiting designs, props, masks (“Larven”) and associated documents with the “Kuttlebutzer” and thus offering a special picture of the development of this largest of all Switzerland’s popular festivities.
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