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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


Trottinette

1960

Material / technique: Lower part of a scooter, tricycle wheel, steel pedestal, rubber belts, Liliput electric motor
Size: 46 x 80 x 33 cm
Inv.Number: 11137
Catalog: Bischofberger 0156
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

The small sculptures Tinguely executed in the early 1960s, such as “Trottinette“ and “Mautz II“, share one key characteristic: their components came from the junkyard. This is where Tinguely now found what he needed for his work. The conspicuous presence of the material is the hallmark of these sculptures, the artist making no attempt to conceal the origins of the various parts. On the contrary, the racket made by the pieces serves to underscore their character as junk sculptures.