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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; Niki de Saint Phalle


Fontaine Stravinsky - Cher Igor, Bonjour!

1983

Material / technique: Felt-tip pen, pencil and collage on white paper
Size: 50 x 65 cm
Inv.Number: 3702
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

In his 1983 essay, Pontus Hulten continued: “The Stravinsky Fountain expresses a freedom and assuredness in collaboration that is extraordinary and naturally very rare. It is part of something that lasted many years – a successful team. The joy and light-heartedness the fountain exudes is simply infectious. And when the sun then suddenly appears from behind the clouds, it is quite overwhelming. The Centre Pompidou and Paris have received a worthy companion for the Centre and a new attraction. And we have come one step further as regards the issue of public fountains in the big cities. The list is something to be proud of: Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, Piazza Essedra, Peterhof, Basel, Place Stravinsky … (Jean Tinguely; Niki de Saint Phalle: Strawinsky-Brunnen Paris. Photos by Leonardo Bezzola. Berne, Benteli, 1983)