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Jean Tinguely

Incitation à la Création


Material / technique: Iron, wooden wheel, plastic pipe, rope, electric motor
Size: 300 x 228 x 70 cm
Inv.Number: 11266
Catalog: Bischofberger 0575
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Donation Micheline und Claude Renard

The relief “Incitation à la Création“ was created in 1981 for an exhibition of the same name at the Abbaye de Sénanque, sponsored by Renault. The Sénanque show was the first in which Tinguely exhibited his new skull sculptures. In the ensuing decade they would come to morbidly dominate the artist’s work.

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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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