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

Le Cyclop - La Tête


Material / technique: Wire, scrap iron, plaster bandages, paint
Size: 82 x 77 x 47 cm
Inv.Number: 11226
Catalog: Bischofberger 1157
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel, Donation Niki de Saint Phalle

In 1969 Jean Tinguely had the opportunity to realise his dream of a gigantic walk-in culture station. Texas collectors Jean and Dominique de Menil had purchased a plot of land near Milly-la-Forêt, south of Paris, and put it at Tinguely’s disposal. Together with his artist friends, primarily Bernhard Luginbühl and Niki de Saint Phalle, Tinguely began in 1969/70 to build a mammoth structure.