Et tout ceci est vrai!

Et tout ceci est vrai, photocollage by Jean Tinguely, postcard 1956 Reprografie: Hans Hammarskiöld

Et tout ceci est vrai!
In Tinguely’s footsteps between Paris, Amsterdam, and Basel
20 October 2021 – 23 January 2022

To mark 25 YEARS OF MOVING ART, Museum Tinguely presented the exhibition Et tout ceci est vrai! In Tinguely’s footsteps between Paris, Amsterdam, and Basel on board the converted barge MS Evolutie which embarked on a great journey through Europe this summer. Now the trip has come to an end and the exhibition can be seen in Basel. It references the various stops on the Museum Tinguely AHOY! voyage by showcasing Jean Tinguely the artist and his art with photographs, writings, audio stations, films, and models as well as original works.

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The documentary exhibition that will be completed with original works in Basel revisits the Museum Tinguely AHOY! ports of call, beginning with Paris, where Tinguely started his career in 1953 when he moved there with his first wife Eva Aeppli. There he met artists, curators, and friends such as the curator and museum director Pontus Hultén, the artist Yves Klein, and by no means least the artist Niki de Saint Phalle, who was to become his second wife. It was in Düsseldorf in 1959, where Galerie Schmela staged Tinguely’s first solo show in Germany, and legend has it that on 11 March of that year, the artist had 150.000 flyers printed with his Manifest Für Statik scattered from a plane circling over the city. His appearances in Düsseldorf also brought him to the attention of ZERO group artists such as Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker. That connection took Tinguely to Antwerp, where he was instrumental in bringing about the exhibition Vision in Motion – Motion in  Vision. Tinguely’s strong ties with Amsterdam were forged early on in his career through his friendship with the director of the Stedelijk Museum, Willem Sandberg. Thus it was Sandberg who entrusted Tinguely, Daniel Spoerri and Pontus Hultén with the organisation of Bewogen Beweging, a major touring exhibition of kinetic art that opened at the Stedeljik in 1961. Tinguely had an especially large number of works in that show, which helped to enhance his status as one of the leading kinetic artists of his time. 

Jean Tinguely in front of his kinetic relief, Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, 1959 Photo © bpk / Charles Wilp

Jean Tinguely in front of his kinetic relief, Musiktheater im Revier, Gelsenkirchen, 1959 Photo © bpk / Charles Wilp

Installation view of the exhibition «Et tout ceci est vrai!» © 2021 Museum Tinguely, Basel; photo: Matthias Willi

Installation view of the exhibition «Et tout ceci est vrai!» © 2021 Museum Tinguely, Basel; photo: Matthias Willi

Jean Tinguely in a plane with the manifesto Für Statik, Düsseldorf 1959 Photo © bpk / Charles Wilp

Jean Tinguely in a plane with the manifesto Für Statik, Düsseldorf 1959 Photo © bpk / Charles Wilp

Installation view of the exhibition « Et tout ceci est vrai!» © 2021 Museum Tinguely, Basel; photo: Matthias Willi

Installation view of the exhibition «Et tout ceci est vrai!» © 2021 Museum Tinguely, Basel; photo: Matthias Willi

Installation view of the exhibition «Et tout ceci est vrai!» ​​​​​​​© 2021 Museum Tinguely, Basel; photo: Matthias Willi

Installation view of the exhibition «Et tout ceci est vrai!» © 2021 Museum Tinguely, Basel; photo: Matthias Willi

Installation view of the exhibition «Et tout ceci est vrai!» © 2021 Museum Tinguely, Basel; photo: Matthias Willi

Curator of the exhibition: Giorgio Bloch
Discover more on the various stops in the Tinguely History.