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Jean Tinguely


Le Monstre dans la Forêt
1969 - 1973

Material / technique: Offset print, extensively reworked
Size: 67.5 x 52 cm
Inv.Number: 3128
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

During the more than two decades it took to complete, the gigantic sculpture was referred to by various names, such as “La Tête”, “Le Monstre” and finally “Le Cyclop”. Its execution occupied the artist for several years and went through various stages. Tinguely asked artist friends including Larry Rivers, Jesus Rafael Soto, Rico Weber, Arman, Niki de Saint Phalle, Eva Aeppli, Daniel Spoerri and Seppi Imhof to participate in its realisation.

Pictures in our Collection

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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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