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.

>> Biography of Jean Tinguely

>> History of the collection



Online collection

<< | >>

Jean Tinguely

Maschinenbild "Haus Lange"

Relief méta-mécanique

Material / technique: Black wooden panel with 5 rectangular, white-painted metal elements/ inside: wooden wheels, rubber belts, metal rods, electric motor
Size: 65 x 65 x 8 cm
Inv.Number: 11130
Catalog: Bischofberger 0207
Creditline: Museum Tinguely, Basel

In 1960 Tinguely created the multiple “Maschinenbild“ for an exhibition at Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld. The purchaser acquired only a blueprint giving him the right to build a copy of the relief in the style of the “Méta-Malevitch”. This work was then presented to Tinguely, who signed and numbered the reliefs. This created the possibility of a do-it-yourself Jean Tinguely. The technician at Museum Haus Lange built a large number of reliefs as per customer contract, and a smaller number were built by the licence purchasers themselves. In 2004 Museum Tinguely built this relief from the multiples series according to a blueprint that had never been used.