Jean Tinguely and Claude Lalanne, Impasse Ronsin, approx. 1960, photo: Hansjörg Stoecklin
Impasse Ronsin. Murder, Love, and Art in the Heart of Paris
16 December 2020 – 29 August 2021
More than a hundred years, from around 1864 until 1971 the Impasse Ronsin in Paris was home to a warren of studios used by wide variety of artists with very different backgrounds and approaches. This curious cul-de-sac hidden away in Montparnasse served as home and atelier to some 220 artists, from academic sculptor Alfred Boucher to Argentine performance artist Marta Minujín. Amongst the best known were; Eva Aeppli, William Copley, André Del Debbio, Max Ernst, Jasper Johns, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, James Metcalf, Isamu Noguchi, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint-Phalle and Jean Tinguely. If Constantin Brâncuși was its most famous resident – based there from 1916 until his death – it’s most infamous was Madame Steinheil, mistress and maybe murderer of the French President whose artist-husband also met a brutal end, turning the Impasse Ronsin into one of the most notorious crime scenes of the early 20th century.
The Leu family is well-known among tattoo fans worldwide. In the late 1960s and 1970s, Felix and Loretta Leu used their tattooing skills to fund extensive travels with their four children Ama, Aia, Filip and Ajja. These years on the road were nourished by artistic curiosity, forming the basis for a distinct family cosmos. Featuring works by all members of the family, the exhibition offers a picture of this special universe.
Eva Aeppli, Jean Tinguely and Per Olof Ultvedt with Méta-Matic drawings, studio Impasse Ronsin, Paris, 1959; photo: Hansjörg Stoecklin
le Définitif – c’est le Provisoire New presentation of Museum Tinguely’s collection
From 3 March 2021 onwards
DIY art, limelight, broken glass – in Jean Tinguely’s multi-facetted oeuvre one encounters everything from machine performances to multisensory spectacles to critiques of consumer culture. Works and documents show his early successes, theatre projects and correspondence. Playfully interactive elements guide the audience through the exhibition, including the rarely-shown bottle smasher Rotozaza No. 2 that will be put into action by the restoration team for interested visitors. In addition, insights are offered into restoration processes and into the materiality and functioning of the works.
Bruce Conner (1933–2008) is as legendary for his critical attitude to the art world as he is for his role as the father of the video clip. His work in many media is political and subversive, with an immediate sensuality that goes straight under the skin. The exhibition centres on his film works, including CROSSROADS (1976) that assembles footage of the first U.S. underwater atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946 into a 36-minute study on the horror and sublimity of this apocalyptic event.
Museum Tinguely AHOY!
17 July – 26 September 2021
To mark its 25th anniversary, Museum Tinguely will embark on a major cruise, travelling by river barge from Paris via Antwerp, Maastricht and Amsterdam up the Rhine via Gelsenkirchen and Düsseldorf to Basel. The converted cargo ship MS Evolutie will be dropping anchor in places that played an important role in Jean Tinguely’s artistic career.
Birthday Party – 25th anniversary of Museum Tinguely
24 – 26 September 2021
The weekend of 24–26 September 2021 will mark the culmination of our silver jubilee activities. Setting the stage for our celebrations will be Solitude Park, the museum itself and the exhibition barge at anchor right next to our institution. Our countless activities, workshops, shows and varied culinary offering will be embedded in a dynamic labyrinth that everyone will be invited to explore. Saturday evening will be devoted to concerts and DJ sets. The programme has been conceived as a kind of ‹Best of› the museum’s many different activities of the past twenty-five years. Be sure to check out our social media channels for the latest updates on our programme.
The Cost of Life. A perspective on health by Patrick Hartley
13 October 2021 – 23 January 2022
The notion of the ‹cost of life› is strongly related to that of risk, a central theme in medicine and research. Both concepts play key roles in the work of Patrick Hartley. His artistic comment on medical developments explores their (sometimes contradictory) consequences for humanity. This exhibition commissioned by Roche to mark its 125th anniversary takes place in cooperation with Museum Tinguely and the Pharmacy Museum of Basel University.
Et tout ceci est vrai, potocollage by Jean Tinguely, postcard 1956
Reprography: Hans Hammarskiöld
Et tout ceci est vrai! In Tinguely’s footsteps between Paris, Amsterdam, and Basel
20 October 2021 – 23 January 2022
«Everything is in motion. Nothing ever stands still.» Thus begins Jean Tinguely’s manifesto Für Statik of 1959. As part of its festivities to mark «25 Years of Moving Art,» therefore, Museum Tinguely is to stage an exhibition true to the same motto. The venue is a converted barge, scheduled to weigh anchor in the summer of 2021. Once back in Basel, the show will be open to the public from 20 October at the museum. The exhibition will home in on the barge’s various ports of call, which were chosen for their relevance to Tinguely the artist, traveller, networker and friend.
Declarations of love, angry letters, erotic messages, journal-like notes or utopian stories: these texts by Art Brut creators were written behind closed doors, in silence and in secret. Composed in painstaking calligraphy or hastily scribbled, sometimes embroidered, carved into stone, or supplemented with images, they bear witness to an astonishing wealth of ideas. This exhibition, shown here for the first time, presents works by 13 artists whose visual impact is enhanced by their playful approach to grammar and spelling. Word and image are binding together. The works presented come from more than ten museums and private collections in several countries.
Josef «Seppi» Imhof was Jean Tinguely’s assistant from 1971 until the artist’s death in 1991. Over the years when he was Tinguely’s closest and most constant companion, he collected a large number of works on paper, including drawings, prints, collages, letters, sketches, carefully executed watercolours and things that were dashed off quickly. Seppi Imhof has
now donated his collection of original works on paper to Museum Tinguely which will be now on display for the first time.
Territories of Waste On the Return of the Repressed
14 September 2022 – 8 January 2023
The entire ecosphere – the oceans, the air, our food, the soil, even the Antarctic – contains residues, particles and chemicals derived from our consumer culture. The extraction of raw materials leaves behind destroyed landscapes and toxic spoil. Waste is everywhere. The group show at Museum Tinguely brings together art that deals with this issue, both works by contemporary artists with their global, geopolitical and ecological perspective and works from the second half of the twentieth century that reflect the move towards a throwaway society and environmental destruction that emerged from the 1960s.