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; Niki de Saint Phalle


technical drawing

Material / technique: black, red, brown and green felt-tip pen, pencil, ballpoint pen, pencil
Size: 50 x 70 cm
Inv.Number: 4103
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

In this gigantic sculpture of a woman reclining on her back, legs spread, which visitors can enter via an opening where her vagina would be, was installed, among other things, a museum of fake art, with forgeries of works by contemporary painters including Paul Klee and Joan Miró, executed by Ulf Linde.