Collection
Museum Tinguely

Collection of Museum Tinguely

Works and work groups belonging to all phases of Jean Tinguely’s career are to be found in the museum's collection. Along with selected temporary loans, they afford the visitor an extensive view of the artist’s career. Apart from sculptures, the collection furthermore comprises a large number of drawings and letter-drawings, documents, exhibition posters, catalogues and documentation such as photographs. In the measure of the possible all the exhibits are accessible to the public and regularly shown, be it in the permanent collection or as loans to exhibitions worldwide.

The museum’s collections are the result of a generous donation by the artist’s widow, Niki de Saint Phalle, made on the occasion of its foundation, a donation of works from the Roche collection, as well as several other gifts and acquisitions.

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Museum Tinguely does not own any copyright in works by Jean Tinguely or other artists in the collection. The clarification of these rights and payment in respect of them is a matter for the applicant. In Switzerland, the collecting society responsible for this is ProLitteris, Zurich (link website: www.prolitteris.ch). Museum Tinguely undertakes no liability for third party claims arising from infringement of copyright and personality rights.


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Jean Tinguely


Cyclop (Kopf / Tête)

c. 1977

Material / technique: Black and colour felt-tip pen, pencil, watercolour and collage on white drawing paper with perforated margin
Size: 41.5 x 30.5 cm
Inv.Number: 4134
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

Between the theatre in the upper section of the structure and the crowning water basin there is even a small, secret apartment. The freight car by Eva Aeppli with its life-size fabric dolls is meant to summon memories of the deportation of Jews. In 1989 the artists handed “Cyclop” over to the French state, as its upkeep had become too expensive – not least due to increasing vandalism. In 1994, three years after Jean Tinguely’s death, an official dedication ceremony for “Cyclop” was held.