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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


Schwimmwasserplastik

Fontaine
1980

Material / technique: Scrap iron, water hoses, water jets, electric motor
Size: 350 x 170 x 150 cm
Inv.Number: 11261
Catalog: Bischofberger 0567
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

Tinguely created this “Swimming Water Sculpture” in 1980 for the exhibition “Sculpture in the 20th Century” at Wenkenpark in Riehen. The “Water Spraying Sculptures“ were originally intended to float, but because of their high centre of gravity had to be mounted on pillars hidden in the water instead. Since the opening of Museum Tinguely, this work has become something of a landmark.