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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Jean Tinguely

Chaos I


Material / technique: Drypoint and aquatint in bistre on Arches paper
Size: 29.8 x 49.5 cm
Inv.Number: 5042
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

Between 1972 and 1974 Tinguely executed a gigantic machine-sculpture in Columbus, Indiana, called “Chaos No. 1”, which is installed in the city mall. The artist made a number of etchings and lithographs for this sculpture in which he explores various options for the form of the curving main support and the vertical upward-pointing spiral.