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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


Radio WNYR Nr. 15

Radio-Skulptur
1962

Material / technique: Plexiglas, radio parts, cable, electric motor, red light bulb
Size: 82 x 68 x 26 cm
Inv.Number: 11173
Catalog: Bischofberger 0271
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

In 1962 Tinguely prepared an exhibition for the Iolas Gallery in New York. The relationship between sound and sculpture continued to interest him. Here, a small motor mounted on a radio continually turns the knob for selecting the frequency, thus constantly switching channels and causing a cheerful cacophony. The elements of the apparatus, set behind Plexiglas, seem to enjoy complete freedom.