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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Jean Tinguely


Elément Détaché I

Relief méta-mécanique
1954

Material / technique: Tubular steel frame, steel wire, 12 variously shaped cardboard elements, all painted white, 110V electric motor
Size: 81 x 131 x 35,5 cm
Inv.Number: 11101
Catalog: Bischofberger 0020
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

The first works Tinguely executed after arriving in Paris were the series “Moulin à prière“, sculptures he formed out of wire and which consisted mainly of interlocking wire cogwheels. Soon thereafter he created the three “Eléments Détachés”, the first of which is in the collection of Museum Tinguely. In these he affixed irregularly shaped pieces of Pavatex insulation, which he perhaps found in this form, onto the axes of the cogwheels and painted them white; these rotate with the motion of the relief.