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

End of the World II

Preparatory drawing

Material / technique: Pencil, blue ballpoint pen on white paper with traces of glue
Size: 22.8 x 30.2 cm
Inv.Number: 4126
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

The actual happening was carried out in a place called “Jean Dry Lake Playa”, on the banks of a salt lake south of Las Vegas. On 21 March, Tinguely blew up a monumental sculpture group. The sculptures – made of large and small parts collected in Las Vegas junkyards – return at the end of the event to what they were before the work began: rubbish. The “Study for an End of the World” was a success; the world survived – for the time being.