Jean Tinguely looking for materials, Paris, 1960, photo: unknown

Jean Tinguely looking for materials, Paris, 1960, photo: unknown

La roue = c'est tout
New permanent exhibition

8 February 2023 – spring 2025

According to Tinguely, ‘we live in a wheeled civilisation’. Even today, our lives are shaped largely by the relationship between man and machine and the resulting dependencies that Tinguely deconstructed with such relish. Now, for the first time since the museum was founded, its enlarged collection of Tinguely’s own works is to return to the great hall. There visitors will be able to discover the intricate and poetic early works, the explosive happenings and collaborations of the 1960s, and the musical, monumental and sombre works of Tinguely’s late period, all presented in an entertaining and eventful tour with many opportunities for hands-on participation

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Roger Ballen, Headless 2006 © courtesy Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen, Headless, 2006 © courtesy Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen
Call of the Void

(Danse macabre No. VIII)
19 April – 29 October 2023

Roger Ballen (*1950, New York lives in Johannesburg) is one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century. His strange and extreme works confront the viewers and challenge them to come with him on a journey into their own minds as he explores the deeper recesses of his own. Through the 1990s, he developed a photographic style he describes as Ballenesque. Over the past decade, Ballen has created powerful artworks in which the line between fantasy and reality becomes increasingly blurred. He employs drawings, painting, collage and sculptural techniques to create elaborate sets – the perfect match to Tinguely’s Dance of Death, as the show will be shown in close proximity to this work.

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Playgroudn aktuell vorschau

Temitayo Ogunbiyi, You will follow the Rhein and compose play, 2023, Museum Tinguely

Temitayo Ogunbiyi
You will follow the Rhein and compose play

18 October 2023 – 14 January 2024
Playground installation in Solitude Park from 21 May 2023

For the first time in Switzerland, Museum Tinguely presents a two-part project by Temitayo Ogunbiyi (born 1984), an artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. Since May, a work from Ogunbiyi’s Playground series has been installed in Solitude Park, a structure that invites people of all ages to move and interact socially while addressing issues including global networking, cultural exchange, migration and our treatment of the environment. In a playful presentation, the exhibition then offers a comprehensive overview of Ogunbiyi’s practice, featuring works made since 2016 as well as objects made specifically for the show, including musical instruments and works inspired by her research in Basel.

The exhibition is created in collaboration with Culturescapes 2023 Sahara, which focuses on the Saharan space as the one where reconnecting and reimagining Africa is possible.


Delphine Reist, Cartouches, 2020 © Delphine Reist, photo : Emmanuel Watteau

Delphine Reist, Cartouches, 2020 © Delphine Reist, photo: Emmanuel Watteau

Delphine Reist
ÖL [oil, olio, huile]

18 October 2023 – 14 January 2024 

Work structures the life of the individual and society as a whole. In Reist’s art, things take on a life of their own, offering their views on the movement and rhythm of production, or speaking of efficiency and exhaustion: suddenly noisy drills, leaky printers, window blinds controlled by an invisible hand. At Museum Tinguely, the Geneva-based artist presents works that refer directly or indirectly to oil as an energy source, painting material and lubricant, as well as to its fluid physical properties.

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Boris Nikitin, The Last Reality Show, Überwachungskamera, 2023 ​​​​​​​© Boris Nikitin, Foto: Boris Nikitin

Boris Nikitin, The Last Reality Show, surveillance camera, 2023
© Boris Nikitin

The Last Reality Show.
Boris Nikitin

6 December 2023 - 21 January 2024

«Big Brother» was the first reality show to be aired simultaneously on television and the internet. The container was a democratic utopia, dystopia and work of popular Conceptual Art rolled into one: an auto-surveillance system, a permanently auto-updating ready-made, a paradoxical authenticity machine. To mark the twentieth anniversary of the first season of Big Brother, the Basel-based artist and theatre director Boris Nikitin has created an almost exact replica of the original container. The container is empty, its inhabitants having long since left. As a historical artefact, it stands there deserted, like a lonely relic.

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Otto Piene, Inflation trial

Otto Piene, Inflation trial for OLYMPIC RAINBOW, 1972, St. Paul, MN, USA, August 1, 1972.
© 2023/2024 Pro Litteris, Zürich; Otto Piene Estate
Photo: Jean Nelson, Otto Piene Archive

Otto Piene
Paths to Paradise

7 February – 12 May 2024 

Otto Piene (1928−2014) aimed high with his art: to shape a more harmonious, peaceful, and sustainable world. His expansive view explored new media and projected aesthetic forms and experiences into new spatial realms. Structured thematically, the monographic exhibition traces his utopian vision as expressed in works from his most significant series and projects in conversation with his lifelong practice of sketching.

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Mika Rottenberg

5 June – 29 September 2024 

Fresh Window. The Art of Display & Display of Art

4 December 2024 – 11 May 2025