Len Lye, Rainbow Dance, 1936, 5’, 35mm, Filmstill © Courtesy of the Len Lye Foundation and the British Postal Museum and Archive


Len Lye – motion composer

23 October 2019 – 26 January 2020


Len Lye (1901–1980), a native of Christchurch, New Zealand, was one of the most important experimental filmmakers of the 1930s to 1950s. At the same time, living initially in New Zealand and Australia, from 1926 in London and from 1944 in New York City, he created a fascinating body of work embracing all artistic disciplines large parts of which – including his kinetic sculptures – 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.

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Tadeusz Kantor (left), performance of «Où sont les neiges d'antan» in Paris, 1982, photo: Jacquie Bablet

Tadeusz Kantor (left), performance of «Où sont les neiges d'antan» in Paris, 1982 © Maria Kantor & Dorota Krakowska / Tadeusz Kantor Foundation, photo: Jacquie Bablet

Tadeusz Kantor: Où sont les neiges d’antan

(Danse Macabre No. IV)
9 October 2019 – 5 January 2020

With the exhibition, «Tadeusz Kantor : Où sont les neiges d'antan», Museum Tinguely presents one of Poland’s most important theatre and visual artists of the 20th century with one of his expansive works for the stage. Tadeusz Kantor’s (1915-1990) independent underground theatre, devoted to the reality of everyday life and often critically concerned with Poland's suppressed history, is still influential for a young generation of theatre artists today. At Museum Tinguely, from 9. to 20. October, the exhibition Kantor’s show of objects, drawings, film- and photo documentation is accompanied by the Virtual Reality-simulation Cricoterie (2019), by Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn. Visitors are invited to be the hands directing a virtual stage filled with a cast of uncanny characters and props, inspired by Kantor’s Theatre of Death and simultaneously, the audience watches as things get out of hand.

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Rebecca Horn, White Body Fan, 1972, Filmstill © 2019: Rebecca Horn/ProLitteris, Zürich

Rebecca Horn. Body Fantasies

5 June – 22 September 2019


From June 2019, Museum Tinguely and Centre Pompidou-Metz will present two parallel exhibitions devoted to the artist Rebecca Horn. In this way, the two institutions offer complementary insights into the work of an artist who is among the most extraordinary of her generation and some of whose creative output has yet to be discovered. The «Theatre of Metamorphoses» show in Metz explores the diverse theme of transformation from animist, surrealist and mechanistic perspectives, placing special emphasis on the role of film as a matrix within Horn’s work. In the «Body Fantasies» show in Basel, which combines early performative works and later kinetic sculpture to highlight lines of development within her oeuvre, the focus is on transformation processes of body and machine.

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Lois Weinberger, Untitled, 2014, mummified cat, 18th century, photographic work, 60 x 90 cm © Courtesy by the artist, Photo: Paris Tsitsos

Lois Weinberger – Debris Field

(Danse Macabre No. III)
17 April – 1 September 2019


Lois Weinberger’s artistic research pioneered the linking of art, society, and nature. For documenta X in 1997, he planted a disused railway track with neophytes as a metaphor for processes of migration in our time. Debris Field is a poetico-archaeological research project, presenting ordinary and significant relics from several centuries of history found at his parents’ farm, part of Stams Abbey (Tyrol). They include a mummified cat with apotropaic powers (the ability to ward off evil) and single shoes from dead people preserved in an underfloor space.


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Cyprien Gaillard
Roots Canal

16 February – 5 May 2019


With his films, photographs, and sculptures, Cyprien Gaillard (b. 1980, Paris) describes the imminence of a transformation and evokes the perpetual destruction, preservation, and reconstruction of urban spaces. He films archaeological ruins invaded by nature and exotic birds flying over a mutating European city, or describes the slow erosion of modernist utopias by recording the demolition of major architectural ensembles. Different realities and temporalities interlock in his work, giving rise to a harmonious ensemble of a singular beauty.


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Conference on Taste and Food Culture

5 – 6 April 2019


In preparation for its forthcoming exhibition «Amuse-bouche. The Taste of Art» (19 February to 17 May 2020), the Museum Tinguely is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium on the subject to be held on 5 and 6 April 2019.
Speakers of international renown from academia and the practice will provide exciting insights into the many different fields impacted by taste. The symposium will offer a veritable smorgasbord of perspectives on taste and food culture, ranging from physiology, biochemistry, food sensory science, psychology, anthropology and linguistics to literature, cultural studies, art history, the art of cooking and the fine arts. In addition to the papers, there will be some highly unusual tastings, including a dessert with iron ore prepared by the Michelin-starred Swiss chef Stefan Wiesner, a new project by the pioneer of Eat Art Daniel Spoerri, and an edible artistic intervention by the young Portuguese artist Marisa Benjamim.


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Nadine Cueni, des hirondelles, filmstill, 2019

Nadine Cueni

April to Septmeber 2019

des hirondelles (‘Of the Swallows’, 2019) is a film about the search for a place that no longer exists. A film about memories and narratives, a poetic approach to a tragic event, to people and their stories.

The film around Tinguely's Mengele-Dance of Death was shown in the context of the exhibition «Lois Weinberger – Debris Field» (17 April - 1 September 2019), for which the artist went in search of traces and debris in his parental farmhouse.

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Roth Bar at Tinguely

July to November 2019

Until November 2019, the Museum Tinguely presented the extraordinary Roth Bar. First conceived by Dieter Roth together with his son Björn in the early 1980s, the Bars are dynamic, ever-changing installations that also represent a constant within the Roths’ cross-generational practice. The bar, comprised of scavenged materials, is a central motif in Dieter Roth’s oeuvre. The Roth Bar has been shown and operated in various exhibitions since 2005, most recently in Zurich in 2015 and subsequently at Hotel Les Trois Rois (Basel).

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