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Jean Tinguely

Frigo Duchamp


Material / technique: “Frigidaire” refrigerator, machine parts, siren, 110 V electric motor
Size: 127 x 62 x 58 cm
Inv.Number: 11151
Catalog: Bischofberger 1123
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Donation Niki de Saint Phalle

In contrast with many other works by Jean Tinguely, we have little information on “Frigo Duchamp”, knowing only that the refrigerator was a gift to him from Marcel Duchamp. The work was executed between autumn 1960 and September 1962, when it was on view in the New York gallery of Sidney Janis. According to the artist, the piece was thereafter stored for twenty years in a friend’s garden, where it presumably remained nearly unchanged over the years.

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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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