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: Brown, red and green felt-tip pen, pencil and ballpoint pen on white paper
Size: 50 x 70 cm
Inv.Number: 4106
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

At the invitation of Pontus Hulten, the founding director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Swedish artist Per Olov Ultvedt were asked to build an installation in the great hall of the Stockholm museum in May 1966. They chose a walk-in sculpture of a woman: “HON – en Katedral” (SHE – A Cathedral), which was executed rapidly and opened to the public in June.