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

Relief méta-mécanique bleu - noir – blanc


Material / technique: Pencil and gouache on paper
Size: 7 x 21 cm
Inv.Number: 4139
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Donation Niki de Saint Phalle

Tinguely created a whole host of sketches on paper for his “Reliefs polychromes“, usually in small format, testing the effects of various colours, shapes and compositions. The sculptor thus verges on imagery that he had deconstructed with his “Méta-Herbins” in order to add new spheres of reference.