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

Salut (Pontus)

Festival d'art total - Yves Klein - Bruno Munari - Erwin Steiner N.Y. - Duchamp - Iris - vitesse pur et stabilité - monochrome - excavatrice d'espace - pérforateur mono - Czwiklitzer

Material / technique: Typewriter, ink on paper, various paper elements pasted together
Size: 17.4 x 21 cm
Inv.Number: 3881
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

In a letter to his friend Pontus Hulten, Tinguely described the developments leading up to the exhibition Vitesse pure et Stabilité monochrome at Galerie Iris Clert. He cited role models such as Bruno Munari and Marcel Duchamp, and sketched his two main works on view in the show, “Excavatrice de l'Espace” and “Perforateur monochrome”. Tinguely systematically sent letters to Pontus Hulten with details on exhibitions, lists of works and other information, presumably in the (justified and fulfilled) hope that the latter would save this correspondence and the accompanying sketches, catalogues, invitations and posters, and maintain a kind of Tinguely Archive. Hulten’s archive would later form the basis for the archive of Museum Tinguely.