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

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

La roue = c'est tout
Permanent exhibition

8 February 2023 – 2026

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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Manned Helium

Otto Piene, Manned Helium Sculpture, 5 January 1969, Boston, for The Medium Is the Medium, WGBH-TV © 2023/2024 ProLitteris, Zurich: Otto Piene Estate, photo: Otto Piene archive; Connie White.

Otto Piene
Paths to Paradise

7 February 2024 – 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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Marcel Scheible 
all around Basel | art in public spaces   

Film presentation in the phone booth - until April 2024

We come across art in public spaces not only on urban squares and as part of fountains, but we can also be surprised by discovering it at unexpected places. Art in public spaces appears in various forms, can be intriguing as well as irritating and is not infrequently a source of conflict. all around Basel | art in public spaces puts a spotlight on artworks that we might easily fail to notice or have long wanted to spend more time studying it. In short documentary films, artists and curators share their passion for art to be found outside of the walls of the museum and take us along for an exploratory expedition through the city. all around Basel | art in public spaces is an initiative of Basel artist, art educator/outreach specialist, and documentary filmmaker Marcel Scheible and is the result of creative collaboration between various artists/cultural professionals.


Mika Rottenberg, NoNoseKnows, 2015 (film still)
© Mika Rottenberg, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Mika Rottenberg: Antimatter Factory

5 June 2024 – 3 November 2024

Mika Rottenberg’s art humorously confronts us with the absurdity of our excessive production of commodities. Her films are colourful and painterly, celebrating a surreal poetry whose protagonists often resemble cogwheels in a fantastic machine. In this way, they recall Tinguely’s critique of consumerism expressed in his poetic 'machines inutiles'. The exhibition shows a representative selection of Rottenberg’s films and installations, as well as new drawings and interactive kinetic works.


Hands playing string figures, video still © Christoph Oeschger

String Figures / Fadenspiele
A Research Exhibition

20 November 2024 – 9 March 2025

Stretched between eight fingers and two thumbs, sometimes between teeth and toes, lengths of string make shapes. String figures can do many things: they tell stories, they pass the time, they make the unsayable showable, they connect people. Whatever else they may be, they have often been explored by artists, ethnologists and theorists: as an aesthetic practice, as something to collect, as a non-Western way of thinking. The exhibition looks at ways of playing together on the ruins of our history.



Jean Tinguely's Rotozaza III in the shop window of the Loeb department stores' in Bern, October 1969
© Staatsarchiv des Kantons Bern, photo: Fredo Meyer-Henn

Fresh Window. The Art of Display & Display of Art

4 December 2024 – 11 May 2025

For decades, there have been close links between the histories of art and shop window display. Besides Jean Tinguely, many other artists have designed pioneering window displays. Conversely, window displays frequently feature as a motif in artworks or serve as a stage for performances and actions. The exhibition will explore this eventful relationship from its beginnings to the present day, while artistic interventions in shop windows in Basel extend the show into public space.